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South East Alberta Watershed Alliance

The South East Alberta Watershed Alliance (SEAWA) is one of the eleven Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs) in Alberta. SEAWA is a multi-stakeholder, volunteer-based, not-for-profit society, incorporated in 2008 and designated as a WPAC by the Government of Alberta in 2010.

The Government of Alberta, through Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) partners with WPACs to help achieve the three goals of the provincial policy, Water for Life – Alberta’s Strategy for Sustainability. The three goals are: (1) Healthy aquatic ecosystems; (2) Reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy; and (3) Safe, secure drinking water.

The SEAWA watershed includes the South Saskatchewan River Sub-Basin within Alberta, and the closed-drainage system Pakowki Lake watershed (Seawa Watershed Map). Their areas are 14,765 and 5,164 km2, respectively, with a total area of 19,929 km2.  The South Saskatchewan River within Alberta begins at the confluence of the Bow and the Oldman Rivers and continues to the border with the province of Saskatchewan. The total population of the SEAWA watershed is around 70,000 people, mostly concentrated in the urban centres of City of Medicine Hat and the Town of Redcliff. Land use is predominantly agriculture. The SEAWA watershed belongs to the semi-arid grasslands natural region of Alberta, and the South Saskatchewan Region under the Land Use Framework.

As a WPAC, SEAWA is expected to do collaborative work with watershed stakeholders in the following program areas: (1) Watershed evaluation and reporting; (2) Watershed management planning; (3) Education and outreach; and (4) Environmental stewardship.

In addition, SEAWA’s work is expected to align with the recommendations of the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP).

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