What is a WPAC?

A Watershed Planning and Advisory Council (WPAC) is a multi-stakeholder council that involves communities and stakeholders in watershed management. WPACs work with government in an adaptive management cycle of basin planning and evaluation; they undertake a variety of actions to benefit watersheds including collaborating with land managers, providing advice and support to Watershed Stewardship Groups, presenting issues to the Alberta Water Council, raising awareness about the state of the watershed, building long-term partnerships that examine watershed issues, and making recommendations to water/land use decision-making authorities.

Under the Government of Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy, WPACs are stand-alone incorporated societies with a mandate for effective watershed management. Throughout the Water for Life public consultation process, Albertans expressed a strong interest in playing a significant role in managing Alberta’s water resource, and in directly influencing policy and legislation development, tracking and reporting on the condition of watersheds and influencing change within watersheds. To accomplish this, a number of WPACs have been established throughout the province to involve communities and stakeholders in watershed management. Currently there are eleven WPACs in Alberta.

To find out more about Alberta’s WPACs visit: http://albertawpacs.ca/resources/weblinks/31-alberta-wpacs

For a map depicting the 11 WPACs in the Province of Alberta (download) - AB WPACs Map

As the Watershed Planning and Advisory Council (WPAC) for the Red Deer River watershed, as designated under the Government of Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy, the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance leads watershed planning, develops best management practices, fosters stewardship activities, reports on the state of the watershed, and educates users on the importance of water resources in the Red Deer River watershed.

The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance works with government in an adaptive management cycle of basin planning and evaluation; we undertake a variety of actions to benefit watersheds including collaborating with land managers, providing advice and support to Watershed Stewardship Groups, presenting issues to the Alberta Water Council, raising awareness about the state of the watershed, building long-term partnerships that examine watershed issues, and making recommendations to water/land use decision-making authorities.

For more information on the Government of Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy, visit: http://www.waterforlife.gov.ab.ca

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