The Oldman Watershed Council (OWC) is a not-for-profit organization in Southern Alberta, Canada. We are one of 11 Watershed Advisory and Planning Councils in Alberta, mandated by the provincial government to provide an independent voice for watershed management and health under the Province's Water For Life strategy.
The Council consists of the staff and OWC members who work collaboratively with all stakeholders to improve the Oldman river watershed by:
improving and sharing knowledge
building and strengthening stakeholder partnerships
providing a science-based forum for all voices to be heard
promoting and facilitating community and institutional action and stewardship
developing and implementing integrated land and water plans.
The Council is governed by a Board of Directors who are comprised of nineteen representatives from various stakeholder sectors, and four members at large.
The OWC was formed in September 2004, when the Oldman River Basin Water Quality Initiative (Initiative) merged with the Oldman Basin Advisory Council (BAC). When the Province's Water for Life strategy was released, these two groups combined to provide a diverse partnership knowledgeable in all areas of watershed management, including sustainable water management and land use practices in the Oldman Basin.