Public and Stakeholder Consultations: Spring 2012


Public and



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Beginning in January 2010, the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance (RDRWA) embarked on a public consultation process for developing an integrated watershed management plan (IWMP).

In the fall of 2010, the process got underway with two sets of Community Forums, one in September in the communities of Sundre, Red Deer and Oyen and then a second set in October in those three communities. The three communities were chosen to draw on members of the community who lived in the upper (Sundre) middle (Red Deer) and lower (Oyen) sections of the Red Deer River watershed.

In January and April 2011, two additional sets of stakeholder and public workshops were held in the same three communities to look at problems and issues (January) and solutions (April) in the watershed.

With that groundwork in place, the RDRWA began to develop the IWMP with the assistance of the Technical Advisory Committee. The RDRWA chose to address the surface water quality component of the IWMP first. Once the main parts of that component were complete, during February and march 2012, the work was taken out to the public and stakeholders for their review and comments.

Workshops for stakeholders
As part of the February participation process, there were three workshops for different stakeholder sectors:

Date Sector
Monday, February 13, 2012 Local Government
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 Industry & Agriculture Organizations
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Conservation & Community Organizations

Stakeholder workshops were held at the Quality Inn North Hill in Red Deer from 10 am - 3 pm. The workshops were designed to seek input on the surface water quality work, and to help build partnerships with stakeholders so they can assist with both implementing the plan and filling data gaps.

Look at the presentation on surface water quality that was given at these workshops

Members of the public, who want to be more involved but are not directly associated with any of the groups in these stakeholder sectors, were encouraged to attend the conservation workshop on February 22.

Due to the small number of registrants, a provincial government stakeholder workshop was cancelled.

Go to summaries of the stakeholder workshops


An online response form was developed and members of the public were informed through  emails, social media, the website, at stakeholder meetings and at other RDRWA meetings.

Go to a summary of results of the online response form

Technical Advisory Committee

The Technical Advisory Committee, which is a group of experts from government, industry, university and conservation organizations, is providing valuable scientific advice on the development of water quality objectives. The committee will continue to meet, advising on the different components of the watershed plan, including wetlands and riparian areas, water quantity, groundwater, and more.

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