Happy Holidays and Thank You From the RDRWA

As 2021 winds to a close, I want to thank all of the organizations, volunteers, and partners who make the work of the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance possible. Together we are generating real momentum toward our vision of a healthy and sustainable watershed. 

What has made 2021 a year worth celebrating? Despite the twists and turns of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, I want to focus on some of the positives in this blog. I’m thankful for: 

  1. Raising Awareness: More and more people are recognizing the importance of watersheds. Since launching our short film Source Waters in March, it has racked up 2000 + views! Be sure to check out the RDRWA’s YouTube Channel for other videos.
  1. Connecting with Water: Local rivers and streams remind us of why this work is important. In 2021 we followed the Medicine River with drones, filmed native trout in the upper headwaters, and explored riparian areas included in technical projects. 
Lasthill Creek near the confluence with the Medicine River. (Photo courtesy of the Olds College RPAS Drone Club).
  1. Strengthening Partnerships: New people are reaching out to the RDRWA wanting to get involved. The RDRWA has a productive Board of Directors, amazing staff, active committees, and continues to strengthen relationships with new and existing partners.  
Panelists from across Canada participated in the RDRWA’s special forum on drought on November 10th, 2021. 
  1. Supporting Colleagues: While navigating the twists and turns of the pandemic is challenging, I am thankful for the resilience of our team and volunteers, who continue to act with commitment, integrity, and compassion.  
RDRWA staff enjoying a teambuilding day that included a float down the Little Red Deer River.
  1. Thinking Strategically: 2021 saw excellent policy and education collaborations by Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils, an important new report about Alberta’s Water Futures, and preparations for Phase Two of an Integrated Watershed Management Plan for the Red Deer River watershed. Taken together, this work strengthens watershed management and our ability to proactively address key challenges.
WPACs have been working on a new Riparian Portal that features data about riparian condition and educational resources.

Wishing you all a safe and healthy holiday season. Please join me in giving thanks to the beautiful lands and waters that sustain our watersheds and central Alberta.


Josée Méthot, Executive Director