Battle River Watershed Alliance: Summer Information Meeting

August 15, 2008 - 9:00pm to August 16, 2008 - 2:00am


Battle River Watershed Alliance

Program Details

  • Your Place Within a Watershed
    Maurice Samm
  • More Than Pebbles in the River: Municipal tools for water and watershed protection and how elected officials can make a positive difference.
    Judy Stewart
  • A Bird's Eye View at Battle River Watershed: What can this View Show us?
    Chris Teichreb
  • Update from Pigeon Lake Watershed Association
    Director from the Pigeon Lake Watershed Association
  • Free Barbeque Supper
  • Keynote Address: The Wealth Within Our Watershed
    Professor Mark Anielski.

Your Place Within a Watershed

Our presenter is Maurice Samm

Maurice is the assistant Battle River Watershed Alliance Manager and Coordinator of the Caring for our Watershed School Program for the Battle River. Maurice has worked as a junior high teacher, an expedition river guide on some of the world's most challenging and remote rivers. Maurice lives in Camrose with his wife and two sons. Rivers are in his blood, protecting and caring for rivers and watersheds have been a passion of his for a long time.

More Than Pebbles in the River

Municipal tools for water and watershed protection and how elected officials can make a positive difference.

Our presenter is Judy Stewart.

Judy Stewart is a past council member with the town of Cochrane (1992-98) and former mayor of Cochrane (2001-2004) and she was a director with the Bow River Basin Council (BRBC) for a number of years, and the chair of the legislation and policy committee with the BRBC since its inception until last month. Judy is an outspoken defender of public participation and responsible land use planning integrated with water use management and protection. Ms. Stewart has an intensely passionate interest in local, regional and provincial water affairs. She volunteers in many community projects and regional organizations. Her volunteer skills range from tree planting, and organizing events, to writing policy and bylaws for NGOs as well as municipalities. As an environmentalist, Judy enjoys working with community groups in land use planning and water management planning to protect sensitive environmental landscapes, especially wetlands and riparian lands. Her passion and drive are built on a
foundation of "get it done." Her influence extends from grassroots organizations through regional groups and into municipal and provincial government policy. She is highly respected for her in-depth knowledge of water management issues and the impact on land use planning.

A Bird's Eye View at Battle River Watershed: What can this View Show us?

Our presenter is Chris Teichreb

Chris is a limnologist with the Science Team at Alberta Environment. A limnologist is a person who is a specialist in the study of freshwater ponds and lakes Chris will be speaking about recent aerial videography completed on the Battle River and how we can use the information to improve our watershed.

Update from Pigeon Lake Watershed Association

Our presenter is a Director from the Pigeon Lake Watershed Association

Pigeon Lake Watershed Association is a group of concerned residents and users of Pigeon Lake and its watershed who are working together to understand the lake and its needs, and to advocate best practices.

Their mission is to use the best methods available to study the lake and its ecosystems, communicate best practices to users, advocate effective policies by governments and regulators, and take a leadership role in lake and shoreline cleanup. The Pigeon Lake Watershed is within the Battle River Watershed.

Free Barbeque Supper

Please RSVP by email [email protected] or phone 780 781 2972 to make sure we have a steak for you! Also if you have special dietary needs, please let us know so we can make the right meal for you. (Yes - free means there is no charge!)

Keynote Address: The Wealth Within Our Watershed

 A new way to think about how we measure things that make life worthwhile

Speaker: Professor Mark Anielski.

Mark is an expert in measuring the sustainable well-being of communities, having developed the Genuine Wealth model and Genuine Progress Indicators (GPI) as new well-being evaluation tools. He is also recognized as one of the world's experts in valuing nature's capital in national income accounts and greening the GDP of nations.

He believes that what we measure reveals our true values. He is schooled in economics, accounting and forestry and holds a M.Sc. in forest economics, a B.A. in economics and B.Sc.F in forest science, all from the University of Alberta. In addition to his consulting practise, he teaches Sustainable Economics at the new Bainbridge Graduate Institute (Washington) — the first sustainability MBA program in US in sustainable business enterprise whose goal is to "integrate the wisdom of sustainability, ethics, and social responsibility into business practice via management education and research, business sustainability, ethics and corporate social responsibility". He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta, School of Business and teaches a course in Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship.

Directions to the Lakedell Hall The Lakedell Hall is located near The Village at Pigeon Lake. From Highway 2 go west 29 km along Highway 13, then 1.5 kms south on Range Road 12. Watch for signs.

What is the Battle River Watershed Alliance?

The Battle River Watershed Alliance is an inclusive, collaborative and consensus-based community partnership that is working to guide, support and deliver actions to sustain or improve the health of the Battle River watershed. The Battle River Watershed Alliance seeks to achieve this through knowledgeable community participation and an adaptive approach.

Please visit our website for more information and copies of our past newsletter.


Lakedell Hall
Near the Village at Pigeon Lake
Pigeon Lake , AB