Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs) are important stewards of Alberta's major watersheds. They are independent, non-profit organizations that are designated by Alberta Environment and Parks to report on the health of our watersheds, lead collaborative planning, and facilitate education and stewardship activities.
WPACs engage representatives of key stakeholders in the river basin area, including municipal, provincial and federal governments; industrial sectors; conservation groups; aboriginal communities; academia; and the public. In their work, they seek consensus on land and water resource management strategies that support the achievement of shared environmental, social, and economic outcomes for the watershed.
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Within Alberta there are currently eleven WPACs representing the major river basins:
- Athabasca Watershed Council (AWC)
- Battle River Watershed Alliance (BRWA)
- Beaver River Watershed Alliance (LICA)
- Bow River Basin Council (BRBC)
- Lesser Slave Watershed Council (LSWC)
- Milk River Watershed Council Canada (MRWCC)
- Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance (MPWA)
- North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance (NSWA)
- Oldman Watershed Council (OWC)
- Red Deer River Watershed Alliance (RDRWA)
- South East Alberta Watershed Alliance (SEAWA)