The South East Alberta Watershed Alliance (SEAWA) is one of the eleven Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs) in Alberta.
The Government of Alberta, through Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) partners with WPACs to help achieve the three goals of the provincial policy, Water for Life – Alberta’s Strategy for Sustainability. The three goals are: (1) Healthy aquatic ecosystems; (2) Reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy; and (3) Safe, secure drinking water.
WPACs are expected to do collaborative work with watershed stakeholders in the following program areas: (1) Watershed evaluation and reporting; (2) Watershed management planning; (3) Education and outreach; and (4) Environmental stewardship.
- Athabasca Watershed Council
- Battle River Watershed Alliance
- Beaver River Watershed Alliance
- Bow River Basin Council
- Lesser Slave Watershed Council
- Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance
- Milk River Watershed Council Canada
- North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance
- Oldman Watershed Council
- Red Deer River Watershed Alliance
- South East Alberta Watershed Alliance
Learn more about WPACs from their WPAC Connector Newsletters. Watershed Stewardship Groups
Stewardship of watersheds means Albertans – including landowners, private companies, voluntary organizations, Aboriginal communities and individual citizens – make conscious decisions every day to conserve, protect and enhance Alberta’s water and associated fish and wildlife habitat and resources. These efforts occur within a local ‘watershed’, an area of land which is bounded by topographic features, that drains water to a shared destination such as a lake, river or ocean.
“Watershed Stewardship Group” is a broad term used in the Water for Life strategy to describe diverse types of community partnerships. These partnerships are volunteer-based and actively engaged in environmental stewardship of their local watershed. Such groups are inclusive (they may include individuals, organizations, agriculture, industry, municipalities and other forms of local government) and work to set common goals to achieve shared outcomes.
The Alberta Stewardship Network is working to build connections within the stewardship community to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of stewardship activities in Alberta, eliminate duplication of efforts, and recognize and celebrate the valuable contributions of Alberta’s stewards. For more information on Watershed Stewardship Groups and their activities in Alberta, see the Alberta Stewardship Network website.