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February 2014

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 Thoughts From the Office 
I attended a conference last month, which focused on  good stewardship when it comes to selecting and supervising volunteers. I was delighted to learn that volunteer management is so much more than that! It acts as a gateway into the community by providing citizens with opportunities to become more involved in local issues and global causes. When done well, volunteer management can serve as a grassroots source of public relations and marketing. Volunteer management can also help foster community buy-in of an organization's mission. All of these tools and outcomes are necessary and ideal for an organization like SEAWA. You can look forward to seeing the development of this concept (and others) as we continue to assess, define and strategically formulate SEAWA's activities. 
Did You Know?
The City of Medicine Hat's
Flood Mitigation Strategy outlines the key project milestones and schedule in an effort to minimize the impact of future floods.
 Website Highlight
 Throughout the South Saskatchewan River Sub-basin, the plants, trees, fish and wildlife can be viewed as functional units of the landscape, composed of biological communities interacting with the physical environment. We encourage you to learn more about environmental sustainability and biodiversity by viewing the following videos.
Recent Events
On January 21, SEAWA staff and members attended as Mayor Ted Clugston spoke to a crowd of more than 300 people during the 2014 State of the City 
address at the
 Medicine Hat Lodge. 
At the event, Mayor Clugston revealed a new corporate video featuring a song from Medicine Hat artist Gordie Johnson and his band Big Sugar.
The video features both historical and current shots of local buildings, scenery, people and attractions. 
The video and the mayor's address are available on the City of Medicine Hat's YouTube channel.
March 22
Water and energy are closely interlinked and interdependent. Energy generation and transmission requires utilization of water resources, particularly for hydroelectric, nuclear  and thermal energy sources. Conversely, about 8% of the global energy generation is used for pumping, treating and transporting water to various consumers.
2014 Objectives
The UN System, working closely with its Member States and other relevant stakeholders - is collectively bringing its attention to the water-energy nexus. Particular attention will be paid to identifying best practices that can make a water- (and energy) efficient industry a reality.
If you wish to be involved in the public displays held at the Medicine Hat Library in March, please be in touch!
SEAWA and the Region



Albertans have indicated that they would like more time to study the draft. This plan is a comprehensive response to the important challenges faced in southern Alberta. 

The deadline has been extended  until February 28, 2014 for you to provide your feedback on the draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan. 


All Albertans have a voice in the development of regional plans and the government is committed to hearing from as many people as possible. You may provide your feedback through the online workbook


The release of the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan is still intended to occur in the spring of 2014.  



SEAWA and Downstream Partners

- Come One and All -



a play by Kenneth T. Williams.


This dramatization is witty, comical and sure to have you nodding in agreement with the characters' quirks as they relate to a group of varied stakeholders trying to create a watershed plan. 

A University of Saskatchewan pilot study, this play examines perspectives on water security in the Saskatchewan River Basin. 

The production will be held at the Medicine Hat Library on February 19th. More details are available by following this link: Downstream.
SEAWA and Local Partners
Gary Franz, SEAWA Board of Director from the SMRID

Open for Business
Gary visited the new SEAWA Office at 1014 Allowance Avenue SE, Medicine Hat last week. Gary offers his time and expertise on behalf of his sector (another great example of in-kind support!) Follow the link to learn more about St. Mary River Irrigation District. 

Your Connection to the Watershed

There are so many interesting events, articles and activities we would love to share with you:

- Call for Proposals; funding opportunities, guidelines and support history
- Energy Demand; article
- Agriculture; article

-Education; news
-The Water Community; private and public sectors

-Science Fair; event

-Partners; networking

 Mark Your Calendar
Downstream, a play
Feb. 19th, Medicine Hat Library 
Regular Monthly SEAWA Meetings: 
Steering Committee for the Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP)
March 6th, April 3rd
Board of Director Meetings:
Feb 27th, March 20th
World Water Day - Water & Energy theme
March 17 - 24th, Medicine Hat Library 
SEAWA Annual General Meeting:
March 31st, Medicine Hat College, Courtyard 1:00 - 4:00 pm 
*Look for details in the February newsletter.
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