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About Us

Under the provincial Water for Life Strategy the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance became one of 11 Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPAC) in Alberta in 2005. For more information on the work of WPACs take a look at our WPAC brochure.

NSWA fosters collaboration at the watershed level, creates opportunities for stakeholders to come together, shares resources and explores innovative solutions to watershed challenges. Our role is reflected in our key strategic goals which state the NSWA:

• Supports Collaborative Watershed Planning
• Provides Leadership in Watershed Management
• Promotes Watershed Knowledge Sharing

The NSWA is a non-profit society that is provided strategic direction and guidance by our 20-member elected Board of Directors which reflect the range of stakeholders within the watershed. The day to day operations of the NSWA Society are run by the Executive Director and staff.

Our key supporting watershed planning documents are the State of the Watershed Report completed in 2005 and the Integrated Watershed Management Plan which was released in 2012.

Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary

In the late 1990’s, EPCOR, TransAlta, Trout Unlimited, Agriculture and Agrifood Canada and the City of Edmonton were working on separate initiatives related to the health of the North Saskatchewan River. In 1997 they amalgamated to form the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance. In 2000 NSWA became a registered non-profit society.

In 2005, the NSWA became the designated Watershed Planning and Advisory Council (WPAC) for the North Saskatchewan River (NSR), two years after the Alberta Water for Life Strategy was adopted by the province.

Looking back on 20 years of progress, it’s encouraging to see how far we’ve come. Starting with a State of the Watershed Report we moved right into an Integrated Watershed Management Plan, which is now in the implementation stage, the action part of our work.

NSWA has provided a forum for sharing knowledge and collaborating on issues affecting the North Saskatchewan River watershed in Alberta for 20 years.

Funding Support

NSWA thanks Alberta Environment and Parks and EPCOR for generous operating grants. We also appreciate the generous financial support of municipalities in the North Saskatchewan River watershed, as well as industry partners, watershed stewardship groups and individual members.

Your DONATION helps fund watershed management projects in the North Saskatchewan River watershed in Alberta. If you donate through the ATB Cares program they will match your donation by 15%. 


























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