We Go Everywhere, Man; We've Been Everywhere

We had a busy summer travelling the watershed to speak to people of all ages about the health of the watershed and how each of us has a big role to play. Just our two summer Outreach Assistants (students from the University of Lethbridge) had face-to-face conversations with over 1000 people, including many kids, and played interactive games to highlight the importance of water quality, preventing invasive species, and protecting native fish.

We also helped many of our partners pull thousands of weeds and plant hundreds of seedlings and willows to restore damaged streambanks. Watching these trees and shrubs grow back is very rewarding because we know they are filtering water, holding back sediment, and providing habitat for fish and wildlife.

Summer 2018 Highlights:

  • Interactive learning activities at the Magrath Chautauqua family event.

  Planting seedlings along Hidden Creek. July 26, 2018.

Planting seedlings along Hidden Creek. July 26, 2018.

  Engaging families at Parks Day at Beauvais Lake. July 21, 2018.

Engaging families at Parks Day at Beauvais Lake. July 21, 2018.

  Learning from the Kainai at the Kainai Environmental Protection Association Summit. June 5, 2018.

Learning from the Kainai at the Kainai Environmental Protection Association Summit. June 5, 2018.

  Pulling weeds at the Pincher Creek Watershed Group Blueweed Blitz. July 7, 2018.

Pulling weeds at the Pincher Creek Watershed Group Blueweed Blitz. July 7, 2018.

A huge thank you to everyone who donated
April – August 2018!

Your support helps ensure clean water for future generations.

Individual Donors:

  • Cor Van Raay

  • Antoine Gendron

  • Rosemary Jones

  • Terry Kerkhoff

  • Shannon Frank

  • Virginia Grinevitch

  • Kirsten Hironaka

  • Shelly Wismath

  • Jason Josey

  • Anonymous donor

Thank you:

  • MD of Willow Creek

  • Town of Coaldale

  • MD of Ranchlands

  • Ms. Kozak’s grade 4/5 class at Barons School

  • Alberta Irrigation Projects Association

  • Lethbridge North County Co-op

  • Alberta Ecotrust Foundation

  • Richardson Oilseed Ltd.

  • S.M. Blair Family Foundation

  • Environment Canada Habitat Stewardship Program

  • Alberta Environment and Parks

Volunteers Needed to Help Restore Streambanks*

Willow harvest: Thursday, October 11*
Willow staking:
Saturday, October 13*

  Help plant willows at our Backcountry Restoration Event on October 13*

Help plant willows at our Backcountry Restoration Event on October 13*

All are welcome to join OWC and Cows and Fish as we host our annual backcountry volunteer restoration event! For the past 3 years we have been restoring damaged streambanks along creeks that are vital westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout habitat.

Hot food and beverages, transportation, and tools are provided – we just need volunteers who can dedicate one day to the watershed.

Hands-on action is critical to our work engaging recreationists to minimize their impact on the watershed. Restoration events allow recreationists to help steward the places they love and demonstrate their commitment to environmental health as well as high quality outdoor experiences.

*pending project approval

OWC’s 2018-19 restoration projects are supported by in-kind donations from our partners at:

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and funded by grants from:

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THANK YOU!