North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance

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Pond Near Elk River, Brazeau subwatershed. photo: Bill Trout.

About Us

Under the Government of Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy, the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance (NSWA) became one of eleven Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs) in Alberta in 2005.

The first order of business for a WPAC is to initiate a State of the Watershed Report, which NSWA completed in 2005. 

Following the recommendations of that report, the NSWA developed an Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP) that was released in 2012. To implement the recommendations in the IWMP, the NSWA brings stakeholders from different sectors together to collaborate on issues affecting the North Saskatchewan River (NSR) watershed.  It initiates and encourages activities that result in best practices for watershed management. The NSWA is supported by both individual members and organizational members, which include:

  • Federal, provincial, and municipal governments;
  • First Nations and Métis;
  • Industries and utilities;
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental, recreational, and cultural groups; and,
  • Educational and research institutions. 

A Board of Directors, elected annually by NSWA members, guides the NSWA Society. The day-to-day operations of the society are run by the Executive Director and staff.