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March 2015

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Meet Badlands Catering

Badlands Catering is owned and operated by Clayton and Adriana Cocks. The company specializes in catering for all types of functions in and around the community. 

In 2014, Badlands Catering was a nominee for New Business of the Year at the Chamber Business Awards, which are held annually in conjunction with National Small Business Week. Clayton continues to enjoy his involvement with the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce.

Clayton and Adriana moved to Medicine Hat in 2011, from Sibbald, Alberta. Before moving to Medicine Hat they owned and operated AC Meats for 19 years and had ranched in the Empress area.Growing up on the family ranch on the banks of the Red Deer River has made an impact on Clayton. Adriana grew up experiencing the river systems of the rain forest of Costa Rica so agriculture and the environment are near and dear to the couple's heart.

Since moving to Medicine Hat they have had only one regret. That they hadn't done it years earlier! They have enjoyed the opportunity to meet and work with many people and organizations, including SEAWA, and we certainly vouch for Badland Catering's ability to feed hungry meeting attendees well!

Recently, Clayton and Adriana have expanded their operations to include the restaurant and lounge kitchen at the Travelodge, Medicine Hat. The restaurant is currently open for buffet breakfast weekdays 6:30 to 10 am  and weekends 6:30 to 11 am. Drop by for breakfast and mention that you have read this article - you will receive a $2 discount and an opportunity to speak with Clayton in person!

Contact Clayton 403-664- 1235 or email
For the link to their FaceBook page, click here.

A Healthy Way to 

'Think Green'


St. Patrick's Day is the day to commemorate a well known Irish saint; Saint Patrick and it is celebrated around the world. Some things probably come to mind when you think of this day, but let's give it a healthy twist this year.

While we all celebrate our Irish (or not-so-Irish) roots, why not also take this as an opportunity to indulge in our favorite nutritious green foods!  

Green vegetables and fruit are loaded with vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients that can help protect from disease. Whether you are hosting or attending a party, bringing themed treats to the office or to friends, here are some quick and easy suggestions of delicious foods that are as festive as they are nutritious.

Medicine Hat Council

This week, on March 2, the City of Medicine Hat Council meeting was especially interesting.They talked about developing the river and Todd Sharpe, General Manager of Parks and Recreation, reviewed the South Saskatchewan River Recreation Opportunities Assessment Report.
View the video to learn more by clicking here.
(Todd's presentation begins 5 min 18 seconds into the video.)
Alberta Water Portal

The Alberta Water Portal is a charitableorganization and is supported by private and public sector technology, industry, and watershed management partnerships.

Learn:'Where Does Alberta's Water Come From?' 
Work: Research and Projects in Alberta
Enjoy: Here are some water related apps that could make your discovery and sharing of water info even more exciting!
Alberta Environment's Drinking Water Program

Alberta Environment uses a multi-barrier approach to ensure that safe drinking water is provided to all Albertans. This method is referred to as a 'Source to Tap' approach, referring to the continuum of processes to treat the water between the water source and your drinking water tap. 


Monitoring Reports

Alberta Environment receives annual reports from drinking water facility owners and operators facilities. In addition, facilities collect monthly reporting data summarizing the results of their drinking water quality testing.

This website provides access to all of the monthly reports that Alberta Environment is currently receiving through electronic reporting. Reports that are not currently available on this website can be obtained by contacting Alberta Environment's Regional Offices.

Alberta Kiwanis Regional Science Fair


Science fair in Medicine Hat has a rich history of producing great projects and encouraging deductive reasoning skills and science education.  The Southeast Alberta Regional Science Fair has been running since 1975.  Students that participate in the regional science fair have the opportunity to travel to the annual Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF). If you are looking for more information or  some assistance on getting started with your project, or starting a science  fair club at your school please contact Praxis. You may also contact the Southeast Alberta Science Fair Committee directly at

The next Southeast Alberta Regional Science Fair is March 21, 2015... We hope to see you there!  

Medicine Hat Public Library


Medicine Hat Library is full of interesting things, and not just the reading material! There are movies, groups, classes, workshops, and exhibits all through the year. Visit the calendar of events for the month of March by clicking here and find something new to learn or fun to explore!

SEAWA Directors, staff and members 
enjoying good conversation




General Meeting


March 31, 2015



As you know, SEAWA has an elected Board of Directors, whose members represent various sectors of the local population.


Members can join as individuals or as organizations, and can be nominated to be a Director of any category as long as the nominee is connected to, and can effectively represent that category and is in agreement with the nomination. Membership and nomination forms are available upon request or at the Annual General Meeting.

SEAWA 2015 Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Courtyard at Medicine Hat College.

1:30 to 4:00 pm.


Guest speakers are: Tom Habib, Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI), who will speak about a collaborative project between ABMI and SEAWA regarding water quality modelling and land use analysis. Dr. Peter Wallis, Hyperion Research Ltd will also be presenting his local Trace Organics study.


SEAWA AGM business will convene after the speakers have concluded.The public and SEAWA members are invited to attend the presentations, the business meeting, or both.


Membership Categories

Membership in SEAWA shall include the following membership categories


       Land Resource Industry, which shall consist of individuals, corporations, businesses or other "for profit" organizations who maintain offices or conduct business within the boundaries of SEAWA including agricultural interests, energy development, infrastructure development, associations, companies and corporations;


        Licensee Members, which shall consist of irrigators  or non-irrigators that have an approved license issued under the Water Act RSA 2000, c.W-3 and amendments thereto or the Environment Protection and Enhancement Act RSA 2000 c. E-12, and amendments thereto, and who operate water management and/or water control facilities within the boundaries of SEAWA;


         Municipal Government Members, which shall consist or corporations under the Municipal Government Act RSA 2000 c. M-26, and amendments thereto, whose areas of jurisdiction are included, fully or partially, within the boundaries of SEAWA;


        Eco-Toursim and Environmental Groups, which shall consist of organizations or agencies that have a demonstrated interest in water and/or water use management within the boundaries of SEAWA;


         Regulatory, Administrative Members, which  shall consist of Provincial and/or Federal Government departments or agencies or other organizations incorporated under wither Provincial or Federal legislation who have a regulatory and /or administrative interest in matters related to water and/or water use management within the boundaries of SEAWA;


       Members at Large, which shall consist of individuals who have a demonstrated interest in water and/or water use management, prairie or parkland conservation use or management, and are resident within the boundaries of SEAWA;


          Aboriginal, which shall consist of individuals, bands, or communities who have a demonstrated interest, right or cultural relationship with the water, watershed and are residents within the boundaries of SEAWA; and


        Academic Institutions and Non-Government Organizations (NGO),  which shall consist of academic agencies, not-for-profit organizations or accredited post-secondary educational institutions that have a demonstrated interest in water and/or water use management within the boundaries of SEAWA. 


Youth means a person between 18 and 30 years of age.


Sector Seats Up for Election in 2015: 
For the 2015 Annual General Meeting, SEAWA is accepting nominations for the Board of Directors in the following Membership Sector Categories, two year terms except as noted. There are 14 Board seats up for election.

Seats up for election

  • Academic Institutions
  • Individual Public Member 
  • Regulators, Federal 
  • Individual Public Member
  • Aboriginal Member
  • Eco-Tourism & Environmental Groups 
  • Non-government Organization
  • Land Resource Industry, Industrial 
  • Regulators, Administrative 
  • Youth / Young Professional, 1 year term 
  • Licensees, Irrigator 
  • Licenssee, Non-Irrigator
  • Municipal Government 
  • Land Resource Industry, Agriculture 

We invite you to be a part of a group who is involved in the development and management of a sustainable watershed! We look forward to hearing from you with nomination requests, suggestions for potential members and general inquiries.


Please feel free to forward this notice to other groups or individuals if you think they would be interested in attending.

Cleaning Water 
by Running It 
Through Dirt

Storm runoff can be toxic to aquatic life, but a new study suggests a simple and relatively inexpensive solution: Filter the water through dirt before it enters streams, rivers or the ocean.

Researchers collected runoff from a busy four-lane highway in Seattle during six storms in 2011 and 2012. They tested the toxicity of water from the first five storms and found that coho salmon fry could not survive in it, nor could the mayfly and water flea larvae they feed on.

Then they collected water from the sixth storm. The samples were also highly toxic to the insects, and all of the fish were dead within 12 hours of exposure. But in samples run through the dirt filters, the salmon and the insects flourished. In some of the filters, the researchers included plants as well. As it turned out, the soil mix alone was so effective that plants provided no additional protection. The study was published online in the journal Chemosphere.

"The reason we do this research is because in many areas, low-impact approaches will be required with new development," said the lead author, Jennifer McIntyre, a postdoctoral researcher at Washington State University at Puyallup. "With a fully built environment, like a major city, it will be hard to do this."



By Nicholas Bakalar, article in The New York Times, Jan 26, 2015


World Water Day
day to celebrate 
A day to change 
A day to prepare

World Water Day is celebrated annually on March 22. It's a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues, as well as to prepare for how we might manage water in the future. 


In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22nd as the first World Water Day. Now, twenty-two  years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world and shines a spotlight on a different issue every year. For 2015, the theme for World Water Day is 'Water and Sustainable Development'. It's about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want. 


Each year, UN-Water provides resources to inspire celebrations for World Water Day. See more at this link.


Medicine Hat and Community World Water Day Activities

We are helping our partners celebrate World Water Day with displays, a forum, a walk by the river, and a guided tour of the fresh water treatment plant.The events are planned jointly by the Grasslands Naturalists, SEAWA and both the Shortgrass Public, and Medicine Hat College Library systems.

  • Saturday, March 21, 10 am: guided walk along the North trail of the river between Police Point Park and Maple Avenue Bridge 
  • Saturday, March 21, 2 pm: tour of Water Treatment Plant off of Hwy #1 near the Trans Canada Highway Bridge
  • Sunday,  March 22, 2 pm Forum on Water with various speakers
  • Sunday, March 30, 7 pm: Just Docs presents "DamNation" at the Public Library
  • All of March until March 29.Display at the Nature Centre at Police Point Park.  "The Green Machine: Riparian Areas".  Riparian areas are vital to humans and wildlife.  Find out all the who, what, where, why and how of the Green Machines.

Check out this websites to learn more about World Water Day, and water, UN World Water Day.

Welcome new members and thank you for stopping at the SEAWA booth during last week's 
Sunshine Home and Garden Trade Show!
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! 
Stay Tuned! Upcoming Events and Activities
World Water Day displays, March 16-29, at the public library and Medicine Hat College
Kiwanis Science Fair, March 21, Medicine Hat College

*SEAWA Annual General Meeting, March 31, Medicine Hat College
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.
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Shanna Mohns
Communication Manager, SEAWA