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.
As of the middle of March, due to the COVID-19 crisis, all NSWA events are on hold until further notice.
Did you know?
- Until 2005, the North Saskatchewan River watershed in Alberta included the Battle River watershed.
- In the beginning, these rural municipalities supported the formation of NSWA:
M.D.s of Clearwater, Brazeau and Bonnyville; Counties of Smoky Lake, Two Hills, St. Paul, Lac Ste Anne, Vermilion River, Beaver, Minburn, Thorhild, Strathcona, Sturgeon, Parkland, Leduc, Lamont, Wetaskiwin, Wainwright, Paintearth, Flagstaff, Lacombe and Camrose.
- In the beginning, these urban municipalities supported the formation of NSWA:
Cities of Edmonton, St. Albert, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, Camrose; Towns of Rocky Mountain House, Drayton Valley, Devon, Vegreville, Elk Point, Kitscoty,
Through the years in photos
2004 NSWA Board River Tour Locke Girvan (Strathcona County), Caroline Burgess (NSWA), Beth Michner (EPCOR).
2005 AGM Rocky Mountain House
2005 Board Back: Bill Fox, Andrew Shoepf, Doug Thrussell, Candace Vanin, Jim Bague Middle: Ernie Ewaschuk, Celeste Nicholson, Frank Vagi, Douwe Vanderwel, Front: Kim Nielson, Beth Michner, ? , Tracy Scott