School Programs

The Oldman Watershed Council has a number of resources available for use by local educators, including an interactive puzzle, water cycle and watershed models, and books. OWC is also pleased to support the following educational programs; contact OWC’s Education Program Manager for more information.

 This contest asks students in Grades 7-12 to submit a proposal answering the question, "What can you do to improve your watershed?" Cash prizes are available, as is funding to implement students’ ideas!  Deadline to apply is March each year . Contact OWC's  Education Program Manager  for a free classroom presentation or for more information.

This contest asks students in Grades 7-12 to submit a proposal answering the question, "What can you do to improve your watershed?" Cash prizes are available, as is funding to implement students’ ideas! Deadline to apply is March each year. Contact OWC's Education Program Manager for a free classroom presentation or for more information.

 Project WET Canada offers training and resources so educators can deliver fun, hands-on water education programs to K-12 students. To set up a training workshop, get in touch!

Project WET Canada offers training and resources so educators can deliver fun, hands-on water education programs to K-12 students. To set up a training workshop, get in touch!

Here are a few resources and links to other organizations that deliver school programming:

  Beauvais Lake Provincial Park  offers numerous curriculum-based school programs for elementary through high school.

Beauvais Lake Provincial Park offers numerous curriculum-based school programs for elementary through high school.

  Alberta Environment and Parks  has a number of education resources available to order or download.

Alberta Environment and Parks has a number of education resources available to order or download.

 Nestled in the valley along the Oldman River in Lethbridge, the  Helen Schuler Nature Centre  offers school programs and group tours.

Nestled in the valley along the Oldman River in Lethbridge, the Helen Schuler Nature Centre offers school programs and group tours.

 Based out of Calgary,  RiverWatch  students learn about their local river ecosystem on a rafting trip.

Based out of Calgary, RiverWatch students learn about their local river ecosystem on a rafting trip.

 

Initiatives

Alberta ChemSafe App

A new mobile app focused on safety related to hazardous liquid waste.

Adopt a Stormdrain

Help keep our neighbourhoods and Oldman River free of debris, healthy and clean. A City of Lethbridge initiative. 

Free Water Testing Kits

A great idea for for people on well water, in first nations communities, 
and schools.

Gutter Buddy Program

A City of Lethbridge initiative that encourages residents to keep their stormdrains and gutters free of debris. 

Storm Drain Survival Kit

Cleaning up the debris from your storm drains and gutters in your neighbourhood is one HUGE POSITIVE STEP towards helping our Oldman River and environment stay clean and healthy.

Organizations

 
 Cows & Fish

Cows & Fish

Publications 

Greens, Browns and Water Policy Reform in Southern Alberta

By B. Timothy Heinmiller, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Brock University

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Geologic Nitrate in Groundwater in the Oldman River Watershed

By Joan Rodvang McNeil (LandWise Inc.) and Dr. Cathryn Ryan (Geoscience, University of Calgary). 

Also see:
Schematic Figure
Map of Glacial Advance

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Assessing Institutions for Aquatic Ecosystem Protection: A Case Study of the Oldman River Basin Alberta

2008 PHD Thesis by Bryan Poirier

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Southern Alberta’s Watersheds: An Overview

By  Kim Lalonde, Bill Corbett and Cheryl Bradley, Prairie Conservation Forum, 2005
The most relevant section is 5.0 Human Uses of Water and Watersheds that includes a section 5.3 Governance (p. 39)

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Emerging Issues in Water Governance and Legislation in the Canadian Provinces and Territories

By Carey Hilla, Kathryn Furlong, Karen Bakker, and Alice Cohen

The Abc’s of Environmental Jurisdiction

An Alberta guide to federal, provincial and municipal responsibility.

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Alberta's Wetlands: A Law and Policy Guide

This publication contains over 195 pages of information on laws, policies and regulatory processes that can affect Alberta's wetlands. 

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Albertans’ Values and Attitudes toward Recreation and Wilderness.

A survey by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. 

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Water and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

By the Canadian Water Network

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Fluvial Bull Trout Redd Surveys on the Elbow, Sheep, and Highwood Rivers

By Trout Unlimited Canada

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Who Owns the Water?

By Jason Unger, Staff Counsel Environmental Law Centre, 2012

 

 

Articles

Water Conservation Throughout the Home

From Home Advisor

Southern Alberta could soon have Texas Weather

Alberta Farmer Express

A new view of the Lake Winnipeg watershed

Canadian Geographic

Public Water For Sale

How Canada will privatize our public water systems.

All the Water on Planet Earth

How much of planet Earth is made of water? See for yourself!

A guide to going green in the home

By Household Quotes

What's a Watershed? 

From Alberta Water Portal

What is Drought?

From Alberta Water Portal

10 Things for new MLAs to know about Water Management in Alberta

From Alberta Water Portal

City of Lethbridge Municipal Benchmarking Report

The Story of Hypoxia

A diagram of what happens when freshwater bodies are in a low state of oxygen by the GLERL.