The Alberta Branch of the CWRA received consent from CWRA National and was formally incorporated in 1981. However, CWRA itself evolved out of the Western Canada Reclamation Association (WCRA) which was established in 1947. The WCRA was formed to promote the development, control, conservation, preservation and utilization of the water resources of Western Canada and became a national organization in 1968, renaming itself CWRA. In observance of the historic ties to Alberta, CWRA National recently celebrated its 70th anniversary with the 2017 National Conference in Lethbridge.
The Alberta Branch currently consists of about 30 Board members and over 150 professionals and students that share in the common goals of promoting responsible water management through planning, development and education.
To accomplish these goals, the Alberta Branch hosts an annual provincial conference to advance themes related to water management and enable members and non-members to network and collaborate. The Branch also hosts a variety of other events, such as one day seminars and webinars, to provide opportunities for members to learn and present their expertise. The Branch also serves the public interest by supporting educational programs such as Project WET and the advancement of students in the water management fields by way of the SYP (Student and Young Professionals) groups.
NEWS & EVENTS
The Alberta Branch hosts at least one major event and a number of smaller events every year. There are active Student and Young Professional Chapters in Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge.
Our AGM is held once at year at our provincial branch conference, or at the national conference if we are the hosting province.
We are an active group of water professionals engaged in providing connection and learning opportunities for everyone involved with water management. If you are interested in joining our board of directors, or if you have any questions, please contact us through email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We send out updates in a timely manner for the various events we hold. Our event dates change from year to year, and depend on our responsibilities to our national CWRA community as well as current topics of interest to the Alberta water resources community. We have previously hosted provincial and national conferences, webinars, forums, SYP (Students and Young Professionals) Blue Drinks, river clean-ups, BBQs, and in-person meetings for the Alberta Branch Directors. If you would like to add your email address to our mailing list, please click on the link below.
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Alberta Branch Library
Alberta Water Publications Website
Alberta Rivers Website
Calgary SYP Chapter
The Calgary SYP Chapter hosts Blue Drinks events at the Rose and Crown Pub, with other events including a Zoo Night (penguin plunge), City of Calgary facility tours, and a river watch/float trip.
Edmonton SYP Chapter
The Edmonton SYP Chapter regularly hosts Blue Drinks and events in partnership with the Canadian Water Network, Western Canada Water Environment Association, and AWWA Western Canada Section as well as CSCE. Other events include a photo competition, spring shoreline cleanups, BBQs, and a World Water Day event.
Lethbridge SYP Chapter
The Lethbridge SYP Chapter commenced after the 2017 National Conference. Events have included Castle area cleanup, Green Drinks with the Oldman Watershed Council and documentary film viewings.