Spring 2020

Newsletter Archive


Municipal Wetlands Data Workshop

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A problem faced by many (all?) municipalities in the Bow River Basin - urban or rural - is that wetlands data is either unavailable or inappropriate to meet their needs for municipal planning and wetland conservation.

As one part of a project to address that issue (the Regional Wetlands Data Strategy), Miistakis convened a workshop for municipal personnel in the Bow River Basin to collectively better understand what the wetlands data challenges are, and to collaboratively plot a course forward to address these needs.

The day involved presentations on the current situation, working sessions to clarify municipal needs, and ended with an effort to frame a strategy for securing municipally-relevant wetlands data. In all, 12 municipalities were represented, as well as the Bow River Basin Council and the Oldman River Regional Services Commission.

The next steps for Miistakis are to work with a sub-group to draft a proposed strategy, present that back to the larger group, then move forward with implementing it.

All of the current (and future) materials from this workshop are housed on its website.

Our thanks to Alberta Innovates Water Innovation Program for supporting this project.