The South East Alberta Watershed Alliance (SEAWA) is one of the eleven Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs) in Alberta. SEAWA is a multi-stakeholder, volunteer-based, not-for-profit society, incorporated in 2008 and designated as a WPAC by the Government of Alberta in 2010.
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:
- Healthy aquatic ecosystems;
- Reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy; and
- Safe, secure drinking water.
Environmental stewardship is best practiced or implemented on a watershed unit basis. Water is the integrating medium of the impacts of human activities on the natural environment. Sustainable water resources are a direct result of a healthy watershed.
Because of this, WPACs were implemented to help achieve the goals of Water for Life. With the province broken into eleven major watersheds, each with its own WPAC, the uniqueness of each region can be addressed to ensure its health, and thus the health of the province as a whole.
SEAWA Strategic Goals 2020-2023
Goal 1: The SEAWA watershed is assessed and watershed
knowledge is expanded.
- Goal 2:
Watershed management plans are developed.
- Goal 3: The community is engaged in watershed issues through
education and stewardship.
- Goal 4: Relationships with local decision-makers,
stakeholders and watershed stewardship groups are developed and improved.
- Goal 5: SEAWA attains sustainable funding and improved organizational capacity.
Learn about WPACs:
- Athabasca Watershed Council
- Battle River Watershed Alliance
- LICA (Beaver River Watershed)
- 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.
As a WPAC, SEAWA takes on the roles expected by the provincial government of: (1) Convening and Collaborating (with stakeholders, other NGOs and WPACs, etc), (2) Monitoring and Reporting (on watershed health and issues), (3) Policy and Planning (offering advice and expertise in developing policy documents and strategic plans), and (4) Literacy and Education. SEAWA may take on additional roles as decided by its stakeholders, and these are guided by its Mission, Vision, and Strategic Goals.
In addition, SEAWA’s work is expected to align with the recommendations of the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP), and SEAWA actively collaborates with the implementation of these recommendations.
- The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (Amended 2018)
Learn more about SEAWA's efforts here:
Watershed Stewardship Groups
Stewardship of watersheds means making conscious decisions every day to conserve,
protect and enhance Alberta’s water resources, fish and associated wildlife
habitat and resources. These efforts occur through community based
partnerships and work of active and engaged volunteers.
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.