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March 2014

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Thoughts From the Office
This is the month where we begin to say farewell to members who have completed their term as Directors. 
I  extend my appreciation to those of you who are leaving in this capacity. Each of you have added a distinctly unique perspective and skill set to SEAWA discussions and projects. The very fabric of the organization now contains a thread that belongs only to you.  I have learned from you, benefited from your presence and been delighted by your personality! Thank you for taking the time and effort to join the SEAWA Board in its collective mission to care for our local watershed and its stakeholders.
This time of year also means that we welcome new faces to the Board table. The anticipation and opportunity to get to know the new Directors creates a new energy within the group and I look forward to supporting and working with you. Nominations are open until the day of the AGM, so it's not too late to investigate sitting in a Director position. It just may be that you are a perfect fit for SEAWA at this time!
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.
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You will learn all about the groundwater, aquifers, and bedrock throughout our watershed.

Call for Volunteers
Are you known for 

using your red pen? 

Suggesting better sentence structure and correct use of punctuation?

Do signs  that shorten and misspell words cause you to roll your eyes? 

Then we need you!

Become a member of the
Review Committee and put your talents to good use by those who appreciate your affinity for organizing the written word.

SEAWA regularly develops documents for many reasons, which may pertain to:
  • strategic or guiding documents 
  • summaries 
  • technical or white papers
  • government applications
  • project related correspondence
  • community education and outreach 

Review Committee members will be asked to review documents and offer feedback through email correspondence. Often a time line is attached (two days to several weeks)  and the specific purpose for the review will be outlined; from content organization to use of punctuation.


No special expertise is required, just a willingness to read, comment and be brutally honest with us!


If you are interested, please be in touch with Shanna (contact information below) or

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!
2014 SEAWA Annual General Meeting


The seventh annual SEAWA AGM will be held on Monday, March 31st, 2014 in the Courtyard at Medicine Hat College. The meeting is from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. 


Membership is free and you can also register at the door.  

*Become a Member or join the SEAWA Board of Directors! Visit the website link above to download the Nomination Guidelines for the 2014 SEAWA Board of Directors and the Nomination Form.


You won't want to miss these guest speakers!

  • Cathy Maniego: Executive Director of Resilience and Mitigation for the provincial Flood Recovery Task Force, who will speak on the Provincial Flood Mitigation Strategy
  • Ron Robinson: Director of Emergency Management, City of Medicine Hat, addressing Medicine Hat's response to the flood of 2013

SEAWA  business will begin after the speakers have concluded, about 2:30 pm.

Please email your inquiries to for more information.


We look forward to having you join us.

SEAWA and Municipal Planners

The City of Medicine Hat  Emergency Management (EM) Services delivers three fundamental objectives:

  • a plan for emergencies of scale
  • response to calamities
  • managing a recovery phase

EM includes the City of Medicine Hat, Town of Redcliff and Cypress County. The regionalized structure enables the communities to share resources while offering centralized leadership and management to avoid duplications within the geographical area.


Emergency Management provides advice and assistance related to emergency and disaster planning for families and businesses, 

as well as assists various groups and individuals with disaster preparedness information. 


An array of printed material on a wide range of planning topics is available to residents and groups at no charge. 


For additional information related to Emergency Management during the June flood you'll not want to miss Ron's address at the AGM on March 31st.

SEAWA and Provincial Partners
Recovering from the June 2013 floods will take years 
These government programs and services are available to help Albertans rebuild and protect their homes. 

Latest flood recovery news:
>The Provincial Recovery Framework sets a plan for flood affected communities to recover and thrive.

Notice to Members of SEAWA 

Proposed Bylaw Amendments will be voted on at the Annual General meeting. Please review the Board approved changes, as listed below.


SECTION: Definitions

Current Bylaw:
2.11      "Quorum" means:

At a Board Meeting, eight (8) Directors fifty percent (50%) of eligible voting Directors.


Proposed Amendment #1:

At a Board Meeting (Quorum means) fifty percent (50%) plus one (+ 1) of eligible voting Directors.


Current Bylaw:

2.14    The Society's Name is the South East Alberta Watershed Alliance Society, hereafter called the South East Alberta Watershed Alliance Society. 

Proposed Amendment #2:
That Bylaw 2.14 is deleted because it is redundant. 


SECTION: Board of Directors

Current Bylaw:

4.02 The Board shall consist of no more than seventeen (17) Directors and the past Chair (if so warranted) made up of Members from each of the Member categories listed in section 3.0 of these Bylaws.


Proposed Amendment #3:

The Board shall consist of no more than seventeen (17) Directors and the past Chair (if so warranted) made up of Members from each of the Member categories listed in section 3.0 of these Bylaws. Where it is not possible to fill all Director seats from the listed Member categories, up to two seats will be considered 'Open and Available' for the election of SEAWA members who represent various perspectives and demonstrate an interest in the SEAWA watershed.


Your Connection to the Watershed

The Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) is a national organization of individuals and organizations from the public, private and academic sectors that are committed to raising awareness of the value of water and to promoting responsible and effective water resource management in Canada.



CWRA Alberta Branch Annual Conference 

2013 Alberta Floods: The Rains, Response, Recovery & Resiliency

March 23-25, 2014 Calgary, Alberta


To register click here.


Mach 26, 2014

Aquality Environmental Consulting Ltd. is pleased to offer an Introductory version of our Award-winning "Alberta Wetlands: From Classification to Policy" course!

HEC-RAS - The primary focus of this training course is to provide "hands-on" experience to the modeller. Participants will learn by doing, while using the HEC-RAS software on their own computers. Two HEC-RAS training workshops will be offered in conjunction with the annual conference:

  1. Steady Flow River Hydraulics Modeling                                  2 day course   March 21 - 22, 2014
  2. Unsteady Flow & Water Quality River Hydraulics Modeling    1 day course  March 23, 2014
For more details click here.

 Mark Your Calendar
Regular Monthly SEAWA Meetings: 
Steering Committee for the Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP)
March 6th, April 3rd
Board of Director Meetings:
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 
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