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Free Webinar: Potential for Payments for Ecosystem Services in Alberta’s Agricultural Sector

Posted November 29, 2018 by LSC

UPDATE: Due to a last minute conflict our presenter has requested to postpone the webinar until January. We will post a reschedule notice as soon as we have confirmed a new date and time. Thank you for your understanding!

Join the Ecosystem Services Biodiversity Network for this free webinar on December 12, 2018 at 11 AM (MST).

As land stewards, Alberta’s producers can take actions that enhance the value of ecosystem services. The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan identifies payments for ecosystem services as one potential strategy for maintaining ecological health in the South Saskatchewan Region.

During the webinar you’ll get an overview of a multi-disciplinary research project in Indianfarm Creek, Alberta funded by the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency and Alberta Innovates, to understand the costs and benefits of Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) for water storage, water quality, carbon and wildlife habitat for the Livestock sector, and future research required to translate ecosystem service benefits into ecosystem service market opportunities.

Mark your calendar and register today.


Ecosystem Services Science Symposium 2018

Posted October 30, 2018 by LSC

Different regions in Alberta are undergoing rapid change related to urban development, energy, agriculture, forestry and transportation. Science is needed to assess current and future changes in human footprint and their consequences on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Hosted by Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Network, this symposium explores the interface between science and policy that will enable the creation of markets for ecosystem services and biodiversity. Plan to attend.

Event Details

Date: November 21, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Lister Centre (Maple Leaf Room) 11613 – 87 Avenue NW, Edmonton

Registration

Register for the event.

Agenda

View the draft agenda.

More Information

Contact Carrie Selin (ABMI) 780–913-7292 or carrie.selin@gmail.com


Don't Miss the RDRWA Fall Forum on November 1

Posted October 23, 2018 by LSC

Plan to join the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance at their Fall Forum in Sylvan Lake on November 1, 2018 from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm.

Speakers include Rob de Pruis, Director, Consumer and Industry Relations from the Insurance Bureau of Canada, Matt Dow, Policy Analyst at Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA), Claude Eckert, Hydrogeologist & Natalia Grebneva, Water Technologist from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and more.

For more information and to register for this “Watershed Health” forum, visit the event registration page.

The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance is a multi-sector, non-profit organization that promotes the good use and proper management of water within the Red Deer River watershed.


Free Webinar: What Makes Ecosystem Services and Green Infrastructure Markets Work

Posted October 22, 2018 by LSC

Join the Ecosystem Services Biodiversity Network on November 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM MST for a free webinar on what makes ecosystem services and green infrastructure markets work.

During the webinar you’ll learn about a four-step approach to the ex ante assessment of green infrastructure for the provision of services, or contracting for infrastructure, of interest to municipalities or regions.

Using a case study on the provision of hydrological services in the Panama Canal watershed as an example, the presenter will highlight each step and identify the key pieces of information required for a full assessment of green infrastructure feasibility.

Register online for this free, informative webinar today.


Plan to Attend: Riparian Health in the North Saskatchewan River Watershed Forum

Posted October 18, 2018 by LSC

On October 25, 2018, the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance (NSWA) is hosting a free, one-day forum to discuss the progress that has been made to protect and improve riparian areas in the North Saskatchewan River (NSR) watershed.

Speakers will discuss topics ranging from policies to riparian restoration projects in the NSR watershed, including the Sturgeon River subwatershed and the Vermilion River subwatershed. An innovative new approach to assessing riparian health will be highlighted.

Check out the agenda and register today on the Eventbrite page.


County of Vermilion River Hosts Green Acreages Workshop

Posted May 23, 2018 by LSC

If you own an acreage, hobby farm or recreational property in the County of Vermilion River you will benefit from attending this workshop.

Learn what you can do to protect the valuable natural assets associated with your property, develop a plan and ensure your acreage is well managed, productive and attractive.

Hosted by: County of Vermilion River
Date: June 12, 2018
Location: Kitscoty Legion, 4914 50 Avenue, Kitscoty, AB
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

There is limited space so call or email Chris Elder at 780–853-7844 or celder@county24.com to pre-register. Register by June 8 to secure your spot.


Check out these Water Well Management Workshops

Posted March 16, 2018 by LSC

For 10 years now Working Well has delivered informative, hands-on workshops to well owners, helping them learn the basics of groundwater, well construction, common well problems, contamination risks, importance of well reclamation and best management practices.

Spring workshops

There are six workshops planned in April, May and June 2018. Check out the Spring 2018 Working Well Workshop Schedule and plan to attend a workshop in a community near you.

Learn more

Learn more about Working Well and check out the free information resources available to water well owners and others interested in learning and promoting how to protect and maintain water wells at workingwell.alberta.ca


Septic Sense Workshops are Back!

Posted November 22, 2017 by LSC

We are pleased to announce we have received funding from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation to continue the Septic Sense program.

In partnership with the Alberta Onsite Wastewater Management Association (AOWMA) we will be offering Septic Sense workshops in late 2017 and early 2018. AOWMA will be coordinating and delivering the workshops and Land Stewardship Centre will continue to work closely with them to support the program with marketing and promotions, resource development (e.g. fact sheets, workshop resources etc.), and promoting workshop schedules.

Learn more, get the resources and check out the schedule of upcoming workshops.


Plan to Attend: Riparian Health in the North Saskatchewan River Watershed Forum

Posted October 14, 2017 by LSC

On October 25, 2018, the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance (NSWA) is hosting a free, one-day forum to discuss the progress that has been made to protect and improve riparian areas in the North Saskatchewan River (NSR) watershed.

Speakers will discuss topics ranging from policies to riparian restoration projects in the NSR watershed, including the Sturgeon River subwatershed and the Vermilion River subwatershed. An innovative new approach to assessing riparian health will be highlighted.

Check out the agenda and register today on the Eventbrite page.


Septic Sense Workshop Schedule Now Available

Posted December 20, 2016 by LSC

The Septic Sense program was developed to provide landowners access to the information, resources and support that can help them responsibly manage their septic systems.

And now, the long-awaited Septic Sense workshops are here. Starting in mid-January and running until the end of March, 13 workshops have been scheduled in rural municipalities across Alberta.

At a workshop you will learn how to understand, assess and properly manage your septic system, enabling you to protect your investment in your property and the valuable natural assets associated with your land. If you have a septic system on your rural property, you will benefit from attending a workshop.

Check out the winter 2017 schedule and plan to attend an upcoming workshop.

Learn more about the Septic Sense program.


Register Today for a Stewards in Motion Event

Posted February 3, 2015 by LSC

Stewards in Motion has returned! Brought to you by the Alberta Stewardship Network, with the support of Miistakis Institute and Environmental Law Centre, these interactive, regional events offer participants the opportunity to actively learn, share, and engage in collaborative dialogue across sectors.

Building on the success of last year’s events, this year’s theme is “transforming collaboration to advance local stewardship efforts.”

Learn more about Stewards in Motion and register online today!

February 5, 2015
Quality Inn, North Hill, 7150 – 50 Avenue, Red Deer
Hosted in partnership with with Red Deer River Watershed Alliance

March 12, 2015
Fort Macleod or Claresholm
Location and venue to be confirmed
Hosted in partnership with Oldman Watershed Council

Plan to be there if you represent local:

  • Volunteer community stewardship groups
  • Municipal and provincial government (staff, elected officials)
  • Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs)
  • ENGOs
  • Industry

Synergy Conference 2014 is Just Around the Corner

Posted October 24, 2014 by LSC

The annual Synergy Conference is the premiere gathering of stakeholders involved in and impacted by energy development. A unique opportunity for rural landowners, oil and gas companies, regulators, municipalities, stewardship groups and a host of others to come together to share information and find ways to collaborate. This year’s conference takes place November 3–5, 2014 at the River Cree Resort, Enoch, Alberta.

Click here for more information about the Synergy Conference 2014 and to register now.

About Synergy Alberta

Synergy Alberta is a provincial not-for-profit society that supports synergy groups. Synergy groups provide the opportunity for communities to have more meaningful, ongoing participation in decisions that directly affect them.

Synergy Alberta is truly unique because it is a local, made in Alberta solution. It embodies the principle of working together to resolve issues, lessen impacts and encourage the use of best practices in the areas of health, safety and the environment.

Learn more at www.synergyalberta.ca


Calling All Citizen Scientists

Posted August 25, 2014 by LSC

You are invited to attend a citizen science (also known as “public participation in scientific research” or PPSR) conference on September 9 and 10, 2014, hosted by the Miistakis Institute in partnership with the Under Western Skies conference at Mount Royal University (MRU) in Calgary.

The Exploring the PPSR Landscape Under a Western Sky conference has a goal to stimulate communication, collaboration and innovation in the field of citizen science in western Canada.

There are a number of exciting theme areas designed to help you learn about the practice of citizen science. Check out some of their exciting guest presenters:

  • Tina Phillips, Cornell University, Evaluating the Conservation Potential of Citizen Science: Emerging principles and practices for the 21st century.
  • Dr. Rod Dobell, University of Victoria, Digital Fishers: Science-oriented crowdsourcing and participatory public policy.
  • Julie Vastine, Alliance for Aquatic Resources Monitoring (ALLARM), Dickinson College Volunteer Stream Monitoring: A tool for change.
  • Dr. Stuart Lynn, Adler, Planetarium, Chicago, IL, The Zooniverse, the challenges of building an online platform for citizen science.

To view the full conference agenda and registration/accommodation information, please visit: http://rockies.ca/citizenscience/


Congrats to This Year's Emerald Award Recipients

Posted June 9, 2014 by LSC

2014 marked a banner year for the Emerald Awards, setting a new record for the number of Awards presented! Congratulations to this year’s 17 Emerald Awards Recipients:

Education: School or Classroom – Presented by Enbridge

  • Lacombe Composite High School

Public Education and Outreach (2 recipients) – Presented by Shell Canada

  • Ducks Unlimited
  • SAIT Polytechnic & Avalon Master Builder

Emerald Challenge Award: WATER (2 recipients) – Presented by Encana Corporation

  • Alberta Lake Management Society
  • Southern Rockies Watershed Project Team

Shared Footprints Award – Presented by Alberta Real Estate Foundation

  • Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA)

Government Institution – Presented by ATCO Electric & ATCO Gas

  • Office of Sustainability, University of Alberta

Youth – Presented by ConocoPhillips Canada

  • SLISE at Queen Elizabeth High School

Community Group & Nonprofit Association (3 recipients)

  • Camp Maskepetoon
  • The Miistakis Institute
  • Solar Energy Society of Alberta

Large Business

  • Statoil Canada

Small Business (2 recipients)

  • Tannas Conservation Services
  • Waldron Grazing Co-Operative Ltd.

Individual Commitment (3 recipients)

  • Polly L. Knowlton Cockett
  • Barry Kolenosky
  • Bob Peel

In addition to the 17 Emerald Awards, present two special awards were also presented:

People’s Choice Award – Presented by ABCRC

  • Herman Chang and Hillview School

Ron Kruhlak Award for Emerging Youth – Presented by McLennan Ross LLP

  • Henry Wise Wood High School – Environment Club

Learn more about the 2014 recipients and their projects on the Emerald Awards website

Watch the 22nd Annual Emerald Awards Ceremony online.


Understanding and Living with Beavers

Posted May 6, 2014 by LSC

Developed for Alberta natural resource managers, municipalities, landowners and others, join Cows & Fish at one of these two FREE workshops on learning to understand and live with beavers.

Whether you love them or hate them, want to understand them, think you need them or want to learn how to live with them, you will find this workshop useful. An integral part of the workshop will be discussion about challenges, concerns and values. Topics to be discussed will include:

  • Beaver basics – Ecology, natural history, watershed connections
  • Beaver challenges – Issues, management, options and alternatives
  • Beaver case studies – How others are dealing and living with beavers
  • Beaver banter – Round table discussion on beaver messages, messaging, management issues, management options, information needs
  • Beaver next steps – Awareness messages, tool development, beaver role in watersheds, reintroductions and future management
  • Outdoor Field Trip – Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area (beaver reintroduction site, with technology use). Please be prepared for 2.5 hours outside & 15 minute walk.

Workshop Details

Thursday, May 15 at the Red Deer Lake Community Centre (9 am – 4:30 pm). We will specifically be looking for your feedback and input to incorporate into subsequent workshops, since this is the first pilot of the workshop.

Thursday, May 29 at the Priddis Community Centre (9 am – 4:30 pm).

Email rachelle@rockies.ca or phone 403–440-8444 to register by May 10 (for May 9) or May 22 (for May 29).


Nominate Your Environmental Idol Today

Posted February 13, 2014 by LSC

2014 Emerald Awards Nominations are Now Open

Do you know an individual, group or business that has set an example for environmental achievement? Someone who has gone “above and beyond” what is expected of them in the protection of the environment? Maybe it’s you, your group or your business. Why not share that success and let others learn from your experience by submitting an Emerald Award nomination?

There are several award categories, including some for individuals, not-for-profits, the public sector and businesses. No doubt someone you know is deserving of a nomination for an Emerald Award. Take a look and decide which category your nominee fits in.

Important dates to remember

  • Friday, February 28, 2014 – close of nominations
  • June 5, 2014 – 23rd Annual Emerald Awards presented in Calgary

To submit a nomination, please visit the Emerald Awards Foundation website.


Two of Our Own Receive Emerald Awards

Posted June 10, 2013 by LSC

Emerald Awards Celebrate Environmental Excellence

We are very pleased to share with you that two of Land Stewardship Centre’s Directors were presented with Emerald Awards at the recent gala in Edmonton.

In the non-profit category the Edmonton and Area Land Trust, led by Pam Wight, was recognized for its land conservation efforts, and Shirley Pickering received the Emerald Challenge Award for her leadership in progressive water management and stewardship.

We congratulate our Directors as well as the other recipients of this year’s Emerald Awards on being recognized for all of their outstanding and innovative environmental stewardship efforts.

Read more about this year’s Emerald Award recipients.


Albertans Celebrate Environment Week

Posted June 6, 2013 by LSC

June 2 – 8, 2013

Environment Week celebrates Alberta’s environment. It is a great time for Albertans to host and attend events that include some learning, some fun and some action. Action is doing something on purpose to lessen your impact on the environment. Celebrating and action projects are great ways to bring a community together towards a greener future.

Participating in local Environment Week events is a great way to discover easy things you can do for the environment. The choices you make – big and small – really do make a difference because your action counts!

Celebrate by hosting or visiting a Green Stop in your community. What’s a Green Stop? They are Environment Week events organized by local citizens and community groups designed to educate, empower and engage community members. It can be anything from nature walks, talks, clean ups, hands-on experiences with nature or displays. Dream up a bright idea and make a difference in your community.

Visit Alberta Environment’s website to learn more about Green Stops and how you can get involved.


Lots to Celebrate During Environment Week

Posted June 3, 2013 by LSC

Get Involved This Environment Week!

June 2 – June 8, 2013

Around the World

The United Nations has designated the year 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation. Canadian Environment Week will promote the theme: Water – Working Together.

Environment Week is a great opportunity for Canadians to celebrate our achievements in protecting the natural environment. It is also about people working together to preserve, protect and restore our water.

Let us reflect on the importance of our water resources globally, and how to protect them. Each and every day, water lies at the centre of our well-being, and is critical to our transportation needs and many recreational activities.

Across the Country

Protecting Canada’s natural environment reaps a world of benefits for Canadians, from strengthening the economy to enhancing health and quality of life. Canadian Environment Week is the perfect time to celebrate our achievements and initiatives in protecting water resources, tackling climate change and reducing air pollution.

In the Province

Environment Week celebrates Alberta’s environment. It is a great time for Albertans to host and attend events that include some learning, some fun and some action. Action is doing something on purpose to lessen your impact on the environment. Celebrating and action projects are great ways to bring a community together towards a greener future.

Participating in local Environment Week events is a great way to discover easy things you can do for the environment. The choices you make – big and small – really do make a difference because your action counts!

Lots to Do

Learn more about what’s happening across Canada and around Alberta.


Learn How to Protect Your Water Well

Posted October 26, 2011 by LSC

Consider how your life would change if you lost your water supply!

Did you know that a poorly maintained water well can put your water supply at risk of contamination and reduce your well yield?

If you are one of the 450,000 Albertans who use their water well for household purposes, the key to ensuring your water supply is safe and secure is knowing how groundwater works, learning about your well and understanding how to properly maintain it. Proper water well siting, construction, maintenance and plugging will help protect your well from biofouling and contamination, save you costly repairs, and ensure your well water yields are sustained over many years.

Find out what you can do to protect your well. Attend a free water well management workshop being hosted by local municipalities and organizations across Alberta, and presented by the Working Well Program, with technical expertise provided by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Alberta Environment and Water, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

At the workshops you will learn about:

  • Groundwater – how it works
  • Water quality and quantity testing
  • Well protection – protecting your well from contamination
  • Basic well maintenance
  • Water sampling – how to do it

For more information about the Working Well program and to find a workshop near you visit the Working Well webpages.


Waterlution Workshop for Young Professionals

Posted August 16, 2011 by LSC

Waterlution is looking for young professionals (age 20–35) to participate in a unique workshop on a “hot water topic” across North America – natural gas, shale gas, hydraulic fracturing and water use in North East British Columbia. The workshop will take place in Fort Nelson, BC on September 14–16, 2011 and is open to anyone across Canada.

The purpose of this three-day residential workshop is to engage young Canadian leaders in resource management and related fields in dialogue about water and natural gas development. The workshop will explore issues specific to natural gas extraction and the use of water and protection of groundwater.

There is space for 20 individuals between the ages of 20–35 to participate in the workshop. There is a $100 participation fee. All participants are expected to attend the full length of the workshop in order to facilitate, discuss and encourage growth throughout the experience.

The deadline to apply is August 23, 2011.

For more information and to apply visit Waterlution’s website.


Urban Lakes and Wetlands Workshop

Posted July 27, 2011 by LSC

September 30 to October 1, 2011
Chestermere, Alberta

Lakes and wetlands in Alberta’s urban centres have unique management challenges and that is the focus of this workshop.

The quantity and quality of the water, and the beds and shores and riparian areas of these water bodies are all affected by land uses introduced through continued population and economic growth.

The workshop will bring together diverse stakeholders to discuss and learn about unique urban lake management issues, solutions, best management practices and pilot projects underway in Alberta.

For more information and to register visit the Alberta Lake Management Society website.


Environment Week is Coming

Posted May 24, 2011 by LSC

Celebrate Canadian Environment Week

Preserving our Forests, Protecting our Future
June 5–11, 2011

Protecting Canada’s natural environment reaps a world of benefits for Canadians, from strengthening the economy to enhancing health and quality of life. Canadian Environment Week is the perfect time to celebrate our achievements and initiatives in tackling climate change and reducing air pollution.

The United Nations declared 2011 to be the International Year of Forests. Celebrating the International Year of Forests is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.

This year’s theme for Canadian Environment Week is: Preserving our Forests, Protecting our Future.

Canadian Environment Week will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year!


Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society AGM

Posted May 17, 2011 by LSC

Join the Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society (AWES) at their Annual General Meeting on June 15, 2011 at the Genesee Community Hall.

Agenda
9:30 a.m. Registration and coffee
10:00 a.m. Annual General Meeting
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:15 p.m. Presentation by Gordon Thompson with the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance
1:00 p.m. Capital Power tree plantation tour

To register please contact Doug at 780–980-3511. The deadline to register is June 10, 2011.


Check out Lakes the Naked Truth at the Edmonton Boat & Sportsman Show

Posted March 10, 2011 by LSC

The Lakes the Naked Truth initiative was started by the Lac la Nonne Watershed Stewardship Society in 2010.

Lakes the Naked Truth is a partnership of the Alberta Stewardship Network, Alberta Environment, Cows & Fish, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Athabasca Watershed Council, Alberta Health Services, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Agri-Environment Services Branch, and Alberta Underwater Council.

On behalf of Lakes the Naked Truth, representatives from partner agencies and lake stewardship groups will be on hand at both the Edmonton Boat & Sportsmen’s Show (March 17–20) and the Edmonton Outdoor Show (March 31-April 3), taking the opportunity to share the message about the importance of lake stewardship with outdoor enthusiasts.

Come visit us at both events!

Edmonton Boat and Sportsmen’s Show – March 17–20
Location: Edmonton Expo Centre (Northlands) Front Entrance: Hall H 7300–116th Avenue, Edmonton
Website: Edmonton Boat and Sportsmen’s Show

Edmonton Outdoor Show – March 31-April 3
Location: Mayfield Inn & Suites Hotel 16615 – 109th Avenue, Edmonton
Website: Edmonton Outdoor Show

For more information about Lakes the Naked Truth, please contact Candace Flynn at
780–960-6689.


Attend a Southern Foothills Community Stewardship Initiative Public Forum

Posted January 12, 2011 by LSC

This month signals the kick-off of the public forums for the Southern Foothills Community Stewardship Initiative, a regional citizen’s initiative to give voice to local priorities and recommendations for the Southern Foothills landscape and watersheds. The intent of the initiative is to inform land use planning and stewardship processes at the municipal and provincial level, and to contribute to building the long term, regenerative capacity of the region’s landscape. The Southern Foothills Initiative focuses on the Alberta landscape from Highway 22X south to Highway 3, and west of Highway 2.

The first round of community forums will be held between January 24 and 27, 2011 in the four communities of Turner Valley, High River, Nanton and Cowley. The forums are open to all – young and old, town residents and landowners, and those living, working and playing up and down the watersheds. Those who participate should come ready to share their views and knowledge of the area, and to engage in dynamic discussions and mapping activities.

The Southern Foothills Initiative is an eight month project winding up in July, 2011. A second set of community forums in the same four communities, to be held at the end of February, will allow citizens to engage in follow-up discussions based on the results of the first forums. Following that, a clear statement of priorities and recommendations will be developed based on local input and current scientific studies to inform land use planning and decision making that affects local landowners and communities.

The June 2007 landmark study ‘Changing Landscape of the Southern Alberta Foothills’ provides a solid foundation of public input and data for the Southern Foothills Initiative. As well, this initiative aligns with and supports the strategies outlined in the Alberta Government’s Land-use Framework as well as the goals and outcomes of Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy.

Locations and timing for the community forums:

  • Monday, January 24 7:00 pm Flare ‘n Derrick Community Hall, Turner Valley
  • Tuesday, January 25 7:00 pm Memorial Centre, High River
  • Wednesday, January 26 7:00 pm Nanton Community Hall, Nanton
  • Thursday, January 27 7:00 pm Cowley Village Hall, Cowley

The Pekisko Group and the Chinook Institute for Community Stewardship have partnered to deliver this initiative. For further information on the community forums and the project visit the Pekisko Group website at www.pekisko.ca or call Jacquie Nelson at 403–652-7477.

Come out and get involved to have your voice heard! Bring your neighbour as well.


Living by Water - General Meeting & Speakers Forum

Posted September 24, 2010 by LSC

The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance (RDRWA) is partnering with the Land & Water Resources Club – Olds College to bring you:

Living By Water – General Meeting & Speakers Forum

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Student Alumni Centre, Olds College
Olds, Alberta
9:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Doors open 9:30am

Join them in reviewing the most up-to-date information on the Red Deer River Integrated Watershed Management Plan at the General Meeting, then stay for the Speakers Forum. Lunch will be provided.

Guest speakers include:

Phil French – showing a documentary – Red Deer River Journey
Norine Ambrose, Riparian Area Specialist, Cows & Fish
Graeme Strathdee – Sylvan Lake Watershed Society

Space is also available for displays. Please contact RDRWA if you require a display space.
Please register by email info@rdrwa.ca or call 403–340-7379 before Wednesday October 6, 2010.

More information will be posted shortly on the RDRWA website at www.rdrwa.ca.


Upper McLeod River Information Session

Posted September 22, 2010 by LSC

Keepers of the Athabasca are pleased to present the Upper McLeod River Information Session, funded by Glasswaters Foundation and Alberta Ecotrust.

This is a planning workshop opportunity for the initial development of a local watershed group on the Upper McLeod River.

September 25, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Red Brick Arts Centre
4818 – 7th Avenue
Edson, Alberta

Topics and speakers to include:

Gravel Mining in the Athabasca Basin
Peggy Lucy, Keepers of the Athabasca

Cumulative Effects in Headwaters Regions
Tony Antoniuk, P.Biol., RPBio. ALCES Landscape and Land-Use Ltd.

Watershed Management Plan Upper Bow Basin
Rob Wolf, MEDes, P. Biol. Partnerships, Planning and Strategic Engagement, Southern Region, Alberta Environment
* Phase 1 focuses on the development of water quality objectives
* Phase 2 will focus on land use, headwaters, wetlands, and riparian areas

For more information contact Janice by phone at 780–675-5251 or email mashmead@mcsnet.ca.


NSWA Watershed Forum September 9

Posted September 5, 2010 by LSC

Your Watershed. Your Voice.

Please join the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance (NSWA) and other stakeholders at a Forum to introduce the DRAFT Integrated Watershed Management Plan for the North Saskatchewan River Watershed in Alberta.

September 9, 2010
1:30 pm – 4:30 p.m.
Prince of Wales Armouries, 10440–108 Avenue, Edmonton

The NSWA is the Watershed Planning and Advisory Council (WPAC) for the North Saskatchewan River watershed under Water for Life: Alberta’s Strategy for Sustainability. It is a multi-stakeholder watershed planning partnership.

The NSWA has completed a wide range of technical studies on the North Saskatchewan River watershed: water supply, water use, water quality, groundwater, economics, cumulative effects assessment and multi-stakeholder engagement. These studies, plus consultations with stakeholder groups at a previous series of Watershed Management Planning Forums are the basis for this DRAFT watershed management plan.

The purpose of the DRAFT Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP) for the North Saskatchewan River watershed is to protect the long-term supply and quality of water resources for future generations. The draft plan is comprehensive, and addresses a diverse range of water, land and development issues. It incorporates stakeholder interests and addresses the current policy context for watershed plan implementation.

Using feedback from a continuing series of meetings and forums, the NSWA will revise the DRAFT plan and submit it to the Government of Alberta in spring of 2011.

Come and add your voice and views to the discussion. RSVP to water@nswa.ab.ca or phone 780.496.5577.


Input Sought on Vision for Lower Athabasca Region

Posted September 4, 2010 by LSC

The Government of Alberta announced public consultations on the Regional Advisory Council’s advice to government for the Lower Athabasca Region.

The advice was presented as the Regional Advisory Council’s Advice to the Government of Alberta Regarding a Vision for the Lower Athabasca Region, which the government will take to Albertans for feedback before using it to develop a draft regional plan.

Public consultation sessions will take place between September 8 and September 29, 2010 and run from 4 to 8 p.m. For information about the vision document and workbook, visit landuse.alberta.ca.

September 8
Bonnyville, Centennial Centre, 4313–50 Avenue

September 14
Fort Chipewyan, Mamawi Community Hall, 128 Cardinal Avenue

September 20
Elk Point, Senior’s Recreation Centre, 5010–48 Street

*September 27 *
Athabasca, Athabasca Regional Multiplex, 2 University Drive

September 9
Cold Lake, Energy Centre, 7825–51 Street

September 15
Fort McMurray, Sawridge Hotel, 530 MacKenzie Blvd

September 21
St. Paul Recreation Centre, 4802–53 Street

September 28
Edmonton, Ramada Hotel, 11834 Kingsway Avenue

September 13
Fort Smith, Pelican Rapids Inn, 152 McDougal Road

September 16
Lac La Biche, Portage College, 9531–94 Avenue

September 23
Fort McMurray, Suncor Community Centre, 151 MacDonald Drive

September 29
Calgary, Glenmore Inn, 2720 Glenmore Trail SE


Attend the Crown Roundtable Conference in September

Posted September 4, 2010 by LSC

Remarkable Beyond Borders: Shaping the Future of the Crown of the Continent

First Annual Crown Roundtable Conference
September 23–24, 2010
Bayshore Inn, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

The 18-million-acre Crown of the Continent is a rare and special place – an ecological crossroads where plant and animal communities from the Pacific Northwest, eastern prairies, southern Rockies and boreal forests mingle.

This Roundtable will launch its first in a series of annual conferences on the Crown of the Continent. The conference, Remarkable Beyond Borders: Shaping the Future of the Crown of the Continent is at once a celebration of the people, places, and history of the Crown of the Continent and an exploration of the region’s future.

Over the course of two days, participants will examine what it means to live and work in the Crown of the Continent. Attendees will celebrate the efforts of people and organizations to preserve the culture, heritage, communities and landscape of the region now and for future generations. Conference goers will assess the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, and will begin building the relationships and knowledge to shape the future of the Crown of the Continent.

For more conference information and to register visit the conference website.


Community Forums on Red Deer River Watershed

Posted August 26, 2010 by LSC

In January 2010, following the successful completion of the State of the Watershed Report, the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance (RDRWA) began a public consultation process for the development of an Integrated Watershed Management Plan.

RDRWA wants to involve the community in the planning process, so they are holding a series of Community Forums on watershed health and invite you to participate.

The first three forums will be held in:

Sundre, Alberta
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
10 am – 3 pm
Sundre Arena, #1, 101 2nd Avenue NW

Red Deer
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
10 am – 3 pm
Quality Inn (North Hill Inn), 7150, 50th (Gaetz) Avenue

Oyen
Thursday, September 23, 2010
10 am – 3 pm
Oyen Seniors Centre, 219 2nd Street West

The same information will be provided at each forum so you can pick the location that best suits you. Lunch will be provided.

Everyone is welcome, but you must register by September 14, 2010.
Email: iwmp@rdrwa.ca
Phone: 403–340-7379

The forums will focus on watershed health indicators related to water quality and water quantity. There will be resource people to give short presentations and then you will have an opportunity to ask questions, make comments and take part in discussions.

If you are unable to attend, there will be other ways you can learn about the watershed and provide input.

A second set of daytime forums on land use and biodiversity will be held at the same locations in October, so please make a note of the following dates:

Sundre – Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Red Deer – Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Oyen – Thursday, October 28, 2010

The community forums will be followed by workshops where participants will “roll up their sleeves” and use information from the forums to set priorities for health issues in their part of the watershed. More information on the workshops will be sent out closer to the date. Mark your calendars now so you will be available to participate in these important workshops:

Sundre – Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Red Deer – Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Oyen – Thursday, November 25, 2010

If you need any other information, please email us at iwmp@rdrwa.ca or phone 403–340-7379. Check out the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance website in early September for more information.


2010 Canadian Land Trust Alliance Annual Conference

Posted August 3, 2010 by LSC

Connecting Communities to Conservation
Banff, Alberta
September 29 – October 1, 2010

The Canadian Land Trust Alliance invites all land trust supporters to join them in Banff this year for the fifth annual Canadian Land Trust Conference. It promises to be the best yet as they travel to Canada’s oldest national park to enjoy three days of learning, field trips and social events amongst some of the world’s best scenery.

There will be three days of land trust workshops and seminars with leading speakers from across North America.

The host group, Alberta Land Trust Alliance, promises to show delegates the best that western hospitality has to offer. Enjoy an all-day tour in Banff National Park where you will experience the sights and sounds of Canada’s first National Park and have lunch at the historic Num-Ti-Jah Lodge.

Join them at the Banff Centre for the most enjoyable and informative land trust event in Canada.

Visit the Canadian Land Trust Alliance website for more information, to view the conference program or to register for the conference.


Plan to Attend the Upcoming BC Water Symposium

Posted July 21, 2010 by LSC

Creating a Water Science Strategy

The BC Government together with UVIC, UBC Okanagan, UNBC and MITACS (Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems) are hosting a BC Water Symposium on August 30th to September 1st, 2010, in three locations concurrently across the province: Victoria, Kelowna, and Prince George.

The objectives of the symposium are to discuss emerging issues pertinent to water science, to develop new collaborative relationships, and to work together to build the foundations for a Water Science Strategy for BC. In addition, the symposium will expose participants to new ideas and initiatives and provide a venue for sharing knowledge and discussing its application to local issues.

On behalf of the Symposium hosts listed above, you are invited to attend the Symposium and to participate in developing a Water Science Strategy. The Symposium will begin with a public lecture and have a mix of plenary talks from both local and international experts, panel discussions, break-out discussions, networking breaks as well as a poster reception.

This mix of platforms will give participants a chance to listen to leading experts as well as to meet new colleagues and engage in dialogue around the content of a Water Science Strategy for BC.

For more information about the event, to register and for poster submission, please visit the BC Water Symposium website.


Synergy Alberta Conference 2010

Posted July 13, 2010 by LSC

Building Our Future

October 26 and 27, 2010
Capri Conference Centre
Red Deer, Alberta

Synergy Alberta represents a network of multi-stakeholder groups that facilitate dialogue within their communities on energy and resource development. The synergy movement in Alberta is growing rapidly and each year, more and more synergy groups are coming on line.

Our conference, Building Our Future, is open to all who share an interest in working collaboratively and respectively with other stakeholders including communities, industry and regulators. Session topics include:

  • Energy literacy,
  • Best practices and success stories,
  • Environmental stewardship,
  • Land use planning,
  • Emerging public policies,
  • New technologies,
  • Negotiation skills, and much more.

Please consider joining us this year. With keynote speakers, workshops and networking opportunities to a trade show and exciting entertainment, there is something for everyone For more information and to register for the conference, visit www.synergyalberta.ca.


Saskatchewan River Delta Symposium & Stewardship Discussion Session

Posted June 28, 2010 by LSC

Straddling the provincial borders of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan River Delta is rich in biodiversity providing important habitat for hundreds of species of birds, mammals and fish. It is the largest inland river delta in North America, totaling approximately 9,500 square kilometers. It also plays an important role for the First Nations and other communities in the area. Human influences within the Saskatchewan River Delta have been significant, and it is important to raise awareness of this sensitive and critical habitat.

On September 14 – 15, 2010 at the Wescana Inn in The Pas, Manitoba, Partners for the Saskatchewan River Basin (PFSRB) is hosting a mini symposium to bring researchers, natural resource managers, policy makers and local stakeholders together to heighten awareness of and share information about the Saskatchewan River Delta.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 – Mini Delta Symposium
The one day mini symposium will cover current and historical research and knowledge of the delta. It is in follow-up to the Saskatchewan River Delta Symposium…Past, Present and Future (April 2008) and a basin wide watershed leadership meeting (October 2009). This symposium will cover current and historical research and knowledge of the delta including:

  • Water resources and dynamics
  • Ecosystems and changes
  • Human activities
  • Social and economic aspects
  • Land use

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 – Stewardship Discussion Session
This will be an exciting opportunity for participants to share information and brainstorm stewardship ideas for the Saskatchewan River Delta. It will begin with several presentations and follow up with an organized brainstorming session. Results of this brainstorming session will be posted on the website www.saskriverbasin.ca.

For more information on this two-day event please contact Jennifer or Lis at 306–665-6887, or visit www.saskriverbasin.ca.


2010 Canadian Environmental Network Conference Announced

Posted June 10, 2010 by LSC

The Canadian Environmental Network’s (RCEN) 2010 Conference is happening September 17‐19 in downtown Montreal. Share your experiences and join the conversation on biodiversity and the values of ecosystem services.

What’s New

The RCEN’s annual gathering is traditionally the place where environmental NGOs meet to discuss today’s most pressing environmental issues. This year, we’re opening up the conference to other sectors of the environmental community and the general public.

Public Presentations: Meet members of the RCEN’s 11 issue‐based caucuses and learn about their work: agriculture, environmental assessment, health, mining, water, youth and more.

Diversity of Perspectives: participants from ENGOs, government, industry, First Nations and youth will share their views on the values of biodiversity.

Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Dowdeswell, President of the Council of Canadian Academies, and former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme.

Conserving Biodiversity Pays: The Values of Ecosystem Services

We all depend on biodiversity to live happy, healthy lives. In keeping with the United Nations’ International Year of Biodiversity, speakers at the 2010 conference discuss how conserving iodiversity pays—now and for the future.

For more information about speakers, programming and registration, visit the 2010 RCEN Conference website.


Recycling Council of Alberta Hosts Waste Reduction Conference

Posted June 10, 2010 by LSC

The Recycling Council of Alberta is excited to announce the 2010 Waste Reduction Conference Building Tomorrow will be held October 13–15 in Lake Louise, Alberta.

We are building the future, and we have a vision of a world without waste.

How is the future going to look? Building Tomorrow looks at options, technologies and strategies. Check out the lineup of this year’s premier waste reduction event in Canada. Help us explore ways to build a strong foundation for tomorrow – visit the conference website to learn more and register today.

The Building Tomorrow conference web site is where you’ll find agenda updates, registration information and other conference details. Be sure to visit the site often – the agenda will continue to be updated as speakers and sessions are confirmed.


Attend the 2010 Stewards in Motion workshop

Posted May 5, 2010 by LSC

The Alberta Stewardship Network is pleased to present the 8th Annual Stewards in Motion workshop: Watershed Stewardship: Science to Solutions

When

Thursday June 3, 2010 from 8:15 am to 5:30pm

Where

Sylvan Lake Legion, 4916 50th Avenue, Sylvan Lake, Alberta

Who Should Attend

If you have an interest in stewardship, you are invited to attend. Citizens, stewards, stewardship groups, land owners, producers, First Nations, supporting organizations, government agencies, industry and others.

Workshop Highlights
  • Keynote speaker Bob Sandford “Corralling the Waterhole: Avoiding Conflict over
    Western Water”
  • Sylvan Lake Boat Tour for the first 40 registrants!
  • Tools for Stewards: Relevant watershed legislation
  • ASN Grassroots Awards presentations
  • ASN Annual General Meeting
Register Now
  • Registration deadline is May 27, 2010 at 10:00am
  • Registration fee: $10
For More Information

Visit Alberta Stewardship Network or call toll free 1–877-727–5276.