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NSWA Launches Consultation for Watershed Management Plan

Posted May 5, 2011 by LSC

The North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance (NSWA), based in Edmonton, has reached a major milestone in its planning process under Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy by releasing the “Discussion Paper for the Development of an Integrated Watershed Management Plan for the North Saskatchewan River Watershed in Alberta”.

It summarizes the planning process over the last five years, the current legislative and policy context, the results of technical studies and conditions across the watershed. The paper presents draft recommendations in the form of five goals, 20 watershed management directions and 61 specific actions on a wide range of water, land and development issues. The recommendations incorporate stakeholder interests expressed to date and present an implementation strategy.

The NSWA has embarked on a comprehensive public consultation and stakeholder engagement program over the next three months to seek input on the draft recommendations. To that end, the NSWA has produced a workbook as a survey questionnaire. It forms the core of this process and gives all parties an opportunity to share their views on and help shape the final recommendations. The NSWA aims to prepare the final IWMP to submit to Government of Alberta and all stakeholders in late 2011.

Both the discussion paper and survey workbook are available on the NSWA website at The survey workbook can be completed online or you can obtain a paper copy by calling the NSWA at 780–442-6363.

For more information, please contact Mr. David Trew, Executive Director, NSWA at 780–496-3474 or email David Trew.

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