SEAWA logo Hoizontal
Watershed News
September 2014

Click the links below 
to stay in the know.....

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

View our videos on YouTube

View our photos on flickr

Meet Charlene

My name is Charlene Nunemaker and I am starting my 21st year in Girl Guides (4 as a girl and 17 as a guider). I am currently the Ross Glen District Commissioner in Medicine Hat and a Pathfinder Guider for ages 12-14.  Service work is a core part of our program in all branches; Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers. We are so excited to team up with SEAWA to do the Yellow Fish Road Program! It is a great environmental service project that raises awareness about storm drain pollution entering local water systems. We will be painting fish on storm drains and distributing door knockers on Sunday, Sept 28th,
which coincides with World Rivers Day.
Alberta Water Council 
would like your help 
Please take part in the Alberta Water Council's Water Education Programs survey. The survey runs from August 20 to September 30, 2014.

The Alberta Water Council's Water Literacy project team is conducting a survey to identify:

-Water education programs.

-Program best practices.

-Research on assessing    water literacy levels.

If you are involved in water education or water research, please fill out the survey and/or distribute this email to any of your networks.

Click here to go to the survey.

Alberta Home Gardner Blog

Enjoy some of the musings of a fellow Albertan and back yard enthusiast in the blog,
Share your own stories and experiences with us on the SEAWA FaceBook page!

Try a Stay-cation!

Medicine Hat offers a variety of activities and events. Use the links on their website to discover information you need to explore and experience variety found right in our area! 
World Rivers Day

Millions of people in more than 60 countries participate in World Rivers Day, which is a celebration of the world's waterways. 

"Rivers are the arteries of our planet; they are lifelines in the truest sense."

~ Mark Angelo

Connect, Strengthen and Expand

SEAWA is gaining momentum with partners and collaborative activities. If you know of a group, business or individual who has a common interest with us, please forward this newsletter on to them!

Contact us through the website or visit the office at 1014 Allowance Avenue SE in Medicine Hat.






As a result of 'getting the house in order' over the summer, SEAWA has some business matters to deal with. All members are invited to attend the October Board of Directors meeting to vote on by-law changes. A summary of changes will be sent to members in advance of the meeting. 



Please join us at Police Point Park Interpretive Centre on October 9th from 1:00 - 1:30 pm for the special meeting portion of the regular agenda. 



You are welcome to stay for the remainder of the Board Meeting or are free to excuse yourself following the vote. 


SEAWA's Annual Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up

From coastal beaches to inland riverbanks and lakeshores, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup provides a fun and easy way for us to make a difference in our community, while learning about the impacts of litter on our environment.

In 2013, over 99,000 kg of litter was removed from 3,035 km of shorelines across Canada. Be astounded by the Facts & Figures tally for more details on what exactly was found along our shorelines last year.

The Shoreline Cleanup organization has developed a K-6 curriculum guide to help integrate the Shoreline Cleanup into the school year, using both indoor and outdoor lessons.The guide is divided into two main units: K-3 and 4-6, and each unit contains lesson plans and links to the Alberta Curriculum. It's not just for educators though - it's also for parents or anyone keen on learning more!



SEAWA is making a call out for all users of the Kin Coulee area to join us as we tidy the creek banks on Saturday, September 20th starting at 10:00 am. We will meet at the basketball court located at the bottom of the toboggan hill.

And the MASCOT Is...

During the spring and summer outreach activities, we have been tallying votes for the SEAWA mascot. The results are in and the Burrowing Owl has been named the winner!

We are delighted to welcome this little guy into the SEAWA family of characters and you can look forward to seeing him at public events and educational outings in the future. 

Now, we just have to name him! Your suggestions are most welcome. Here are some possibilities to get you thinking: Whoolio, Wahoo, Hoodini.....

More about the Burrowing Owl:

-Interesting Facts: LINK
-Nature Canada Articles about Burrowing Owls
-Alberta Environmental and Sustainable Resource Development information on Burrowing Owls.
-Have you seen a nest burrow? Report it to ESRD Wildlife Management: Data Sheet

In August, the University of Alberta released the inaugural edition of its Beef and Range Report.  
This report was jointly prepared by the Rangeland Research Institute and Livestock Gentec and is made up of a series of short articles on projects that address various facets of beef production and rangeland management and stewardship.


The Rangeland Research Institute (RRI) is administered by the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta and 

brings together expertise across Western Canada and beyond, to conduct multi-disciplinary research and teaching in support of the long-term environmental and economic sustainability of rangelands.


The report addresses topics like:

Genomics in Beef Cattle

Ecosystem Services......and much more. 


A digital version of the report can be downloaded from the Rangeland Research Institute's website, by clicking this link. 
Stay Tuned! Upcoming Events and Activities
The successful Executive Director candidate will be chosen this month! Look for the announcement in the October newsletter.

Shoreline Clean-up, September 20th at Kin Coulee. 
Meet at the basketball court at the bottom of the toboggan hill.

Yellow Fish Road project with the Girl Guides September 28th.

Alberta's WPAC Summit 2014, October 21st - 23rd, Edmonton. For details click here

Open House Come & Go in December.
Join the 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