Over 500 entries detail human impact on the watershed from the earliest times to now. You can explore threads like Blackfoot knowledge, early settler culture, natural resource development, settler impacts, political shifts and more. The timeline is by definition a work in progress and we are adding to it and finding more maps, diagrams, photos and links to enrich your exploration of Southern Alberta's watershed history.
This is FUN! Showcase your organization, promote your town, enjoy the outdoors with friends and family while giving back to your community! You can sign on until the project wraps up September long weekend. WE'RE MOVING FROM TALK TO ACTION. It's easy to participate, and you will be part of something very special indeed. Southern Alberta is showing leadership in community engagement of watershed protection! Over 35 groups have signed on so far, and a second signing ceremony is scheduled for June 15th ...
While waterways and riparian areas naturally change over time, what we do in them, and in the surrounding watershed, can speed up many of those changes. Over the summer and fall we focused our efforts on building relationships with recreationists and on developing a better understanding of the concerns, barriers, and opportunities facing OHV riders and random campers. Our primary goal was to clarify what, if anything, we could do to support recreationists to steer clear of water.
As it turns out, we had a lot to learn!
The OWC provides people with opportunities to learn about our watershed, hear about current issues and discuss ideas for management. We also provide opportunities for researchers to connect with one another and hear about other research projects that are happening in the watershed. In 2008 we had our first Watershed Science Forum. Feedback from people who have attended the forum in the past say that they love how it offers them an opportunity to network, learn and collaborate.
Holding the Reins Summit provides basin residents an opportunity to hear about rural issues and initiatives in the Oldman watershed. Presentations are given on a wide range of rural topics and landowner stewardship groups share their expertise, experiences and stories of their efforts to protect their local watershed.
Watershed Legacy Program (WLP) provides the tools necessary for watershed stewardship groups (WSG’s) and landowner cooperatives to take the next steps towards sustainable management of their land and operation. By coordinating efforts throughout the basin the WLP aims to conserve and enhance our natural resources and the rural way of life.
The Dutch Creek Pilot Project is a demonstration initiative to plan, implement and evaluate progress on selected priority actions of the Headwaters Action Plan 2013-14. The project will involve integration of actions, engagement of stakeholders, government, and the public to take steps towards achieving targets set in Headwaters Action Plan.
The goal of the Prairie Urban Garden is to demonstrate the beauty and benefits of having a xeriscaped garden in southern Alberta. Xeriscaped yards utilize native and drought-tolerant plants that naturally thrive in the dry prairie environment that we depend upon, requiring less water, pesticides and fertilizers.