The Province of Alberta recognizes three types of non-governmental organizations through the Water for Life Strategy for Sustainability that help manage, protect, sustain, conserve, and steward our local watersheds.
Watershed Stewardship Groups (WSG)–Calgary River Valleys is a watershed stewardship group. Other local watershed stewardship groups in the area are the Elbow River Watershed Partnership, the Nose Creek Watershed Partnership and Friends of Fish Creek.
Watershed Planning & Advisory Councils (WPAC)–The City of Calgary and surrounding area fall within the Bow River Watershed. The Bow River Basin Council is the WPAC for the Calgary and its watersheds. Map of the 11 Alberta WPACs.
Alberta Water Council (AWC)– Established in 2004 and incorporated as a not-for-profit society in 2007, the Alberta Water Council is a multi-stakeholder partnership with 24 Members from governments, industry, and non-government organizations. Its primary task is to monitor and steward implementation of the Alberta’s Water for Life strategy and to champion achievement of the strategy’s three goals:
- Albertans are assured their drinking water is safe
- Albertans are assured that Alberta’s aquatic ecosystems are maintained and protected
- Albertans will be assured that is managed effectively to support sustainable economic development
While there are many WSGs working on education and rehabilitation projects in relation to rivers, lakes and streams, CRV focuses on urban and suburban issues, primarily within Calgary’s city limits. In this sense, it’s fairly distinctive for its tremendous diversity of interests, conditions, demands, pressures and stakeholders.
Because of CRV’s context and primary audience, its activities follow a strong current of urban planning and civic engagement. CRV members have opportunities to participate as stakeholders and partners in a wide variety of activities, including awareness-raising initiatives, public forums, policy review processes, local interpretive tours, and regional planning discussions.