RDRWA Annual General Meeting and Forum

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The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance hosted our 2018-2019 Annual General Meeting on Friday, June 14th at Olds College.

We were pleased our sold out event was so well-attended by members, as well as  those new to the work of the Alliance!

The Alliance was thrilled to welcome Dr. Richard (Ric) Hauer as our keynote speaker. Dr. Hauer is Professor Emeritus of Stream Ecology at Flathead Lake Biological Station, the University of Montana, and has published more than 100 research articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He is the past-Director of the University of Montana’s Center for Integrated Research on the Environment (CIRE) and founding Director of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems. Ric's presentation highlighted the importance of gravel-bed rivers and his research in the transboundary watersheds of Montana, Alberta and British Columbia. Dr. Hauer did an incredible job of translating the complex science behind gravel bed rivers, their shifting habitat mosaics and the unparalleled role they play in terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity. Some people even said the presentation rivalled the last Raptors Game of the NBA finals- riveting!

Liang Liu from Stantec spoke about the South Red Deer Regional Wastewater System. This 90 km system will transport wastewater to the City of Red Deer Wastewater Treatment Plant, and preserve the quality of the Red Deer River from the Dickson Dam to the City of Red Deer.
The rainshowers even dissipated long enough for our members to go on a guided tour of the 20-acre Olds College Constructed Wetlands, which are certainly worth a visit if you have a chance!

Thank you to all our members who voted in our AGM Board Elections. The RDRWA would like to extend a warm welcome to our newly elected Directors for 2019-2021:
Dan Karran - Olds College
Helge Nome - Alberta Freshwater Alliance Society
Murray Welch - Individual
Cornelio van’t Klooster - Dairy Industry
Cheri Funke - Town of Sundre

And welcome back to our current board members: 

Christine Moore - Red Deer County
JoAnne Volk - Repsol

They join our 16-member Board of Directors. We look forward to the wealth of knowledge and expertise you will all bring to the work of the RDRWA!

The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance is proud of the work we have done in 2018-2019 to build awareness and engage with local communities and citizens around water and land issues in central Alberta. For those of you that were unable to attend our AGM, we will be posting a PDF of our 2018-2019 Annual Report on the RDRWA website later next week.

As always, stay tuned for details of our next big forum, which will take place this fall.

Thank you again to our AGM sponsor Stantec, whose support allowed the RDRWA to offer our AGM as a free event to all attendees!

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