Farewell to Executive Director Jeff Hanger


May 22, 2020 

Dear RDRWA Membership, 

I am writing to share the news that, as of Friday May 22, 2020, Jeffrey Hanger will no longer be the Executive Director of the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance. This change comes following a mutual decision among parties that the RDRWA is at stage requiring new leadership to help guide and build the organization over the coming years. 

Jeffrey has been with the organization since 2014 and has contributed to the development of the RDRWA. Highlights from his time leading the organization include: 

• Completion of Blueprint: An Integrated Watershed Management Plan for the Red Deer River Watershed (Phase One) 

• Multi-sector trips to the basin's headwaters, the confluence with the South Saskatchewan River, the 10-year anniversary float, and the 2018 Municipal Leader’s bus tour of the southern part of the watershed. 

• The launch of Project Blue Thumb - the first social innovation lab in Canada to look at water quality 

• The review of the Water Management Plan for the South Saskatchewan River basin 

• Creation of RDRWA responses to sand and gravel extraction, the Municipal Government Act review, the Bighorn land-use proposal, and hydraulic fracturing in the basin. 

• The launch of the "Telling the Story of the Watershed" project 

As Executive Director, Jeffrey's role has been far-reaching and focused on the RDRWA's ability to act in service of a healthy, dynamic and sustainable watershed. In addition to the highlights above, Jeffrey has overseen multiple events, a strategic shift in programming, committee meetings, and the formation of partnerships with groups from across sectors. 

On behalf of the Board, we thank Jeffrey for his work for the RDRWA and wish him well in his future endeavors. For any questions about this transition, please contact me by email or phone (403)896.7048. 


Kent Dyck RDRWA Board Chair 


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