The Oldman Watershed Council is excited about uniting municipalities and organizations in protecting our drinking water with the
Southern Alberta Water Charter 2017. 


To become one of the participating organizations (municipalities, counties, businesses and community groups are all welcome), please download and sign the document below. This document is formatted as a fillable PDF, so it can be completed digitally.

Once the form is complete, return a copy to the OWC through email or standard mail. 

Participating in the Charter

The following timeline details milestones and actions that the Water Charter Participants and OWC will be working towards through 2017.


Sign the Charter

Sign up for the OWC Membership!


By June 8, 2017 all participating organizations will have signed the Charter and submitted it to the Oldman Watershed Council (OWC). You can still sign on at any time - this sign on date is to be able to attend the Media Event  at the AGM on April 7, 2017.

You can sign onto the SA Water Charter at anytime before the Sept-long weekend. These dates are just for current signatories and associated media events!

Choose Your Action

Download a Badge




Media Event





Participants 'Go Live'

Just a few ideas on what you and your team can do!  Click here for action ideas!


By June 8, 2017 all participating organizations will have chosen and downloaded a badge which best represents their focus on watershed management and health.

Organizations will also have decided on their beginning specific action or actions they will undertake to support the Charter. These will be new, community Water Charter actions, not, for example "We will continue to monitor water quality".


On May 15, 2017 the Water Charter Actions begin. We finally set things in motion with a major media event and first signatories April 7, 2017 in Lethbridge City Hall.  The upcoming event for our next group of signatories will be held at the AGM on June 15th.  Events and actions will continue from May long weekend through to September long weekend in all areas of the watershed and are community-driven. OWC will help promote and encourage local volunteers and media and all actions must be registered with OWC prior to them taking place.

By the May-long weekend, OWC and Charter Partners will:

  1. make a joint media announcement throughout the watershed
  2. place the badge, the Charter, and related verbiage on their websites
  3. include the Charter wherever appropriate in internal and external communications.

Charter Partners will be responsible for making known and sharing their Water Charter Acts with the community and encouraging the community to help make them a success.

Sharing Progress

Throughout the summer, Charter Partners will document their Water Charter Acts in blog postings and photos and will submit them to OWC.

As OWC continues to publish its video series, Charter Partners can add or switch out the badges on their websites, and they can add the blogs and photos about their Water Charter Acts to their own website pages.

Campaign Ends

The campaign will close at the end of September long weekend 2017.

Final Reporting

By October 15, 2017, the OWC will compile all Charter Partners' final blogs and action reports and publish on our website and social media channels. We will provide an overview of the Water Charter Acts and their distribution and impact throughout the watershed.

Water Charter Celebration

By November 15, 2017 the OWC will host a Water Charter Celebration that will include a major media event and special awards will be given to participants.

Download an OWC Video Badge

Video badges can be added to your website by adding a simple code snippit provided by the OWC.


Participating Groups:

City of Lethbridge

Town of Vauxhall

Lethbridge County

University of Lethbridge

Town of Coalhurst

Global Citizenship for Oldman Watershed

Taber Irrigation District

Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce

Backyard Wilderness

Solar Optix Energy Services

Environment Lethbridge

Lethbridge Naturalist's Society


14th McKillop Scouts

North Blood Drummers

Matthew Halton High School

St.Michael's School

MD of Taber

Town of Picture Butte

Town of Magrath

Town of Nanton

Town of Nobleford

Lethbridge West Constituency Office

Lethbridge East Constituency Office

Pogo Bros

Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association

Chinook Food Connect

Oxbow Native Plants

Friends of Helen Schuler Nature Centre Society

Hager Family

Guenther Family

Casson Family

Johnson-McPherson Family

Serendipity Childcare Ltd.

Taber Irrigation District

Southern Alberta Land Trust Society

Glen and Kelly Hall

MD of Willow Creek

Timber Ridge Conservation Site

William Singer III

St. Mary River Irrigation District

Canyon School





Strength in numbers - Lethbridge Herald covers our first Water Charter signing ceremony April 7, 2017

Strength in numbers - Lethbridge Herald covers our first Water Charter signing ceremony April 7, 2017

CJOC 94.1 FM Oldman Watershed Council Highlights Signing of New Water Charter and interviews OWC Executive Director (audio clip below) 


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