The Camrose Source Water Protection Initiative is complete! The Camrose Source Water Protection Plan was approved by City of Camrose and Camrose County councils in fall 2016. Click here to learn more about what we can all do to help protect Camrose's drinking water at its source.
Source Water Protection Recommendations Released!
The BRWA has developed recommendations for source water protection planning in the Battle River and Sounding Creek watersheds of Alberta. Click on the links below to check them out!
SWP Workshops 2014
From January-February 2014, we travelled across the watershed to share our knowledge of source water protection and hear your thoughts on how we can best protect source water in our watersheds. People were also invited to share their thoughts by completing an online survey.
The BRWA then created a "What We Heard" report to summarize the feedback we received through the workshops and online survey. Click here to read the report. You can also check out the workshop presentation here*. *Presentation file size is large, so it may take several minutes to load.
You Are What You Drink:
Protecting Water Sources in our Watershed
If our water treatment plants failed tomorrow, what quality of water would flow through our taps?
Source water protection is all about protecting our water at “the source”. For people living in the Battle River and Sounding Creek watersheds, that means protecting both the quality and quantity of the groundwater that flows beneath our feet and the surface water that flows through the rivers and streams of this region.
Residents of the Battle River and Sounding Creek watersheds rely on both ground and surface water for their drinking water. About 30% of watershed residents rely on drinking water from outside our watershed, through regional water lines from the Red Deer River and North Saskatchewan River. Another 35% rely on surface water sources within the Battle River and Sounding Creek watersheds, while the remaining 35% rely on groundwater sources.
Protecting water at the source means looking at how our actions on the land impact these surface and ground water supplies. And it’s not just for us that we protect the quality and quantity of our water resources. The health of aquatic ecosystems and the watershed as a whole relies on clean and adequate supplies of water.
The BRWA is looking into how we can protect water sources in our watersheds, and we want to hear from you.
Additional Resources: Check out our database of source water protection resources here (you will need Microsoft Access 2010 in order to download and view the database).