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December 2013


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Thoughts From the Office

SEAWA has been through a rough patch these past six weeks. As an organization, we have been busy collecting ourselves and regrouping after Bob's unexpected passing. Now that the holiday season is quickly approaching and the Christmas spirit has been released, I can't help but sense that there is a feeling of acceptance and hope. As in the 'Did You Know' blurb (below), maybe SEAWA has  experienced it's flood and it is time to move forward from shock and sadness into a time of regeneration. If we stay with the cottonwood analogy, going through challenging times is also very necessary for newness and growth. So, join SEAWA as we embrace our difficulties yet go into this season with a grateful, open heart.



 The cottonwood tree species is dependent on flooding for regeneration. Often found in river valleys, the seed of this tree will only sprout in flood-like conditions.


SEAWA and Industry Partners 
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Website Highlight
The SEAWA website has a section that features a variety of activities to engage kids of all ages. Check it out!

SEAWA Kid's Page

Bob Phillips Legacy Fund

To honour his work and the passion that Bob had for the support of education, research and management in the watershed, SEAWA has created the Bob Phillips Legacy Fund through the Medicine Hat College Foundation.

This annual award will go to a student in Environmental Studies at Medicine Hat College. 

Partners and Friends may donate directly to 

A tax receipt will be issued to you for your gift. 


SEAWA Directors, staff and members attended the stakeholder and public sessions held
in Medicine Hat in late November.
SEAWA and Watershed Management
South Saskatchewan Regional Plan 
The water management plan for the South Saskatchewan River recommends a balance that is broadly acceptable to the public between water consumption and environmental protection, in light of economic and social objectives and ecological requirements. The plan envisions future management in the basin combining innovative, efficient and productive water use and improved management of aquatic ecosystems. It also hopes to provide a foundation for future watershed management planning in the South Saskatchewan river basin.
On December 11th, a sub-committee of SEAWA will be meeting to develop feedback regarding the draft SSRP. Contact us if you would like to join!
Work books are available on line if you'd prefer to share your opinions directly to the ESRD. 
SEAWA and 
Corporate Business
Methanex was a sponsor of the SEAWA and Palliser Airshed joint Board Development sessions held this fall.

Methanex is the world's largest supplier of methanol to international markets in North America, Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America. This means every day, the world over, Methanex plays a vital role in people's lives. Here are some ways they support and partner with SEAWA and you in this community!

Methanex's Social Responsibility programs allow the Company and its employees to contribute to the local community. The company has three areas of emphasis for its social responsibility initiatives: 
Partnership with Employees- employees who contribute financially or as volunteers to organizations within their community can ask for corporate support for fundraising opportunities or volunteer events in which other Methanex employees can participate.  
Responsible Care-initiatives in this area include community outreach activities and programs related to health, safety and environmental initiatives. 
Education- scholarships provide undergraduate and graduate fund assistance, co-op opportunities and summer employment to students who are pursuing studies in engineering, environmental studies, marketing, public affairs and international business. 

Click to read more about a collaborative research project with SEAWA, the City of Medicine Hat and the Medicine Hat College,conducted at Hyperion Lab under the owner, Dr. Wallis' supervision.
Small Business 

This business specializes in the analysis of water and sewage samples for parasites.
 Hyperion also provides sampling equipment and analysis for the Microscopic Particulate Analysis to determine Groundwater Under the Direct Influence (GUDI) of surface water.   
Hyperion's laboratory is located in Medicine Hat and serves the water treatment industry across Canada.  Hyperion is also active in research into waterborne disease problems and has numerous international contacts.
Season's Greetings from SEAWA
May you enjoy the memories, the moments and the magic of the holiday.

Volunteer! Shanna can find the perfect fit for you - there are so many ways you can help.
Join us in conversation
Please feel free to contact us with any comments or questions you have about SEAWA, about land and water issues in the region, or about your personal connection to the watershed.

Get in touch:
Shanna Mohns
Communication Coordinator, SEAWA