New Background Technical Report Released - June 10, 2014

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New Report on Biodiversity in Watershed - June 10, 2014

The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance is inviting public and stakeholders to provide input on a new report on terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity. The report is the fourth and final background technical report commissioned by the Alliance as part of the development of its watershed plan.

“We want to hear from the community,” says Jeff Hanger, Executive Director of the Alliance. “We also want to have a conversation with stakeholders - what are you doing in the watershed now and how can we work together in the future to implement the watershed plan?

“Biodiversity in the Red Deer River watershed is more than whether plant and animal species are abundant or endangered. High biodiversity is a key component of a healthy watershed, providing the surrounding community with goods such as drinking water and food, and services such as cooling water for industry and climate regulation.

There are three public and multi-stakeholder workshops being held across the watershed:

  • Monday, June 23, 2014 in Red Deer - 9:30am - 3:30pm at the Quality Inn North Hill - 7150 50th Ave
  • Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in Sundre - 9:30am - 3:30pm at the Best Western Plus - Mountain View Inn & Suites - 706 Main St E CANCELLED
  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014 in Drumheller - 9:30am - 3:30pm at the Badlands Community Facility - 90 Veterans Way CANCELLED

Please come out and provide your feedback. We regret that due to low registration, the Sundre and Drumheller biodiversity workshops have been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please provide your input via the online Response Form if you are unable to attend the workshop or you wish to submit additional feedback in writing.

“Parts of the report are very technical but there is a summary and we welcome both technical and non-technical comments,” says Hanger. “The workshops try to strike a balance between technical input and people’s local knowledge and understanding of the watershed and how to address issues.”

"Background Technical Report on Terrestrial and Aquatic Biodiversity,” was researched and written by Calgary-based O2 Planning + Design.

“The reports form a foundation of background information that the Alliance will use to build its Integrated Watershed Management Plan,” says Hanger. “We can’t do that without the participation of organizations and individuals in the watershed community. The plan won’t be successful unless stakeholders take ownership in its development and help implement it.”

More information is available on the Alliance’s website (www.rdrwa.ca), by emailing iwmp@rdrwa.ca, or calling 403-340-7379. The Alliance also has a Facebook page and is on twitter.

The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance is a multi-sector, non-profit organization that promotes the good use and proper management of water in the Red Deer River watershed. The Alliance was created in September 2005 and is one of 11 Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils, which are part of Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy.

Download the Background Technical Report on Terrestrial and Aquatic Biodiversity HERE

Contact:

Jeff Hanger, Executive Director
Red Deer River Watershed Alliance
403-340-7379

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