Preserve Our Watersheds: From Alberta Headwaters to the Ocean
The June 2013 floods in southern Alberta reminded us all of the fragility of our ecosystems and the capacity of nature to overwhelm us. The best defence against future floods and droughts is to better manage our watersheds.
In the short video below, narrated by Jay Ingram and with contributions from Y2Y, we take a closer look at the Bow River watershed—just one of many important watersheds that originate in the Alberta Headwaters.
The video describes some of the many land-use pressures the Bow faces, as well as our shared responsibility for its careful management.
It’s particularly important as we engage partners, communities and policy makers in efforts to create effective plans for other watersheds throughout the Yellowstone to Yukon region.
Alberta’s North Saskatchewan Regional Plan (NRSP), for example, will soon be released for public comment. Y2Y is following the process closely and working hard to ensure policy makers create an effective plan that maintains clean water and healthy ecosystems throughout the region.
For more background on the NRSP, read the opinion article from Y2Y's Sarah Cox, originally published in the Edmonton Journal, which describes what's at stake for the plan and argues for protecting the Bighorn region situated at the watershed’s headwaters.