2014 Seasons Greetings from the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance

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Season’s Greetings to you all,

It’s that time of year again and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and safe Christmas, with a special mention for all those that will be working over the season, or away from their families.

First, please allow me to invite you to “Ghosts of the Red Deer Rivers Past”- Our breakfast event on Friday 19 December at the Quality Inn North Hill at 7.30am. This is your chance to meet some of the characters that built and influenced our area. Please contact Kelly on 403 340 7379 to book your spot on this historical journey through the watershed. 

2014 was a busy year for the RDRWA, it included a Watershed Stewardship Group event in Pine Lake (February 28), our Spring Forum in Rimbey (March 14), a joint event with the Red Deer River Municipal Users Group “Connecting Through Water” (June 13), “Lake Day” with Alberta ESRD and other partners at Gull Lake (July 5), a presentation at the Clearwater County Ag Tour (August 21), display at Buffalo Lake (Aug 23) and attendance at a number of other events around the watershed.

2014 also saw us partner with a wide number of groups in the watershed including Ellis Bird Farm, Land Stewardship Centre, Alberta WaterSMART, the Medicine River Watershed Society, Gull Lake Management Society, RBC Blue Water day and participate in World Water Day with Alberta ESRD and the City of Red Deer at Red Deer College. 

We visited over 27 schools, youth groups and summer camps during the year. Our K-12 school program is still available if you would like to book our staff to come and make a curriculum based presentation to a class, or organize a field trip.

We hope that 2015 looks even more active with our plans to celebrate successes in your municipality “RDRWA On Tour” - where we could come to your municipality and celebrate bright spots (or highlight any hot spots) in your community.

Our core team of Kelly, Joey and I continued to build on the good work of the RDRWA, and in September we were joined by Josée as our Watershed Planning Co-ordinator to lead the work on developing and implementing the Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP) for the watershed. There are some exciting developments underway related to the IWMP so please stay tuned for an announcement in January.

We have established a volunteer committee to assist with the watershed ambassador program - and this program is gaining traction to help us celebrate successes in the watershed. Please contact us if someone, a company or a municipality is undertaking an exciting watershed initiative in your area and let’s use this opportunity to celebrate their good work.

Stay tuned for the full calendar of events coming in the New Year.

Please stay in touch. Our watershed covers 49,000km² and is home to around 300,000 people. Our economy is growing, people are arriving and our collective role is to maintain the health of our watershed, to ensure it meets the needs of generations to come.

Stay warm, and we would really like you to join us on this journey into 2015!

Jeffrey Hanger
Executive Director
RDRWA

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