The Lesser Slave Watershed Council (LSWC) is group of volunteers and board members who work with the provincial government to maintain the health of the Lesser Slave Watershed by delivering on the three Water for Life goals in our watershed. These include: safe, secure drinking water; healthy aquatic ecosystems; and reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable future.
The LSWC reports on the watershed health through State of the Watershed reports and works to fill data gaps to better understand our lake and watershed. The LSWC strives to deliver quality education and awareness programming throughout the watershed so that people understand how nature and human activities impact our watershed.
Members of the council are representatives from towns, municipalities, first nations communities, industries, cottage owners, non-profit organizations, as well as recreation and tourism groups who have an interest in how the waters of Lesser Slave Lake and its tributaries are managed.
The LSWC has been a non profit organization in Alberta since 2007 and the LSWC was granted Charitable Status under the Canada Income Tax Act as of April 1, 2010.
To be a proactive organization working towards the sustainability of the Lesser Slave Lake watershed with regard to the economic, social and environmental health of the region and its citizens.
The Lesser Slave Watershed, including its lake and rivers, is a bond that brings communities together, is a part of each citizen’s life, is a prime asset and renewable resource, and is a generator of economic development.
- Be accountable to all stakeholders and citizens within the watershed.
- Work collaboratively with stakeholders and citizens to improve the health of the lake and its watershed.
- Share responsibility for the health of the lake and its watershed by involving communities and stakeholders in watershed management.
- Promote a better understanding of natural watershed processes and the interaction between land, water, ecosystem and human activities.
LSWC Strategic Goals
- Establish an ongoing collaborative planning and management Framework for the Lesser Slave Watershed;
- Facilitate watershed research that addresses issues and enables management actions within the watershed;
- Promote watershed education, awareness and stewardship in the watershed;
- Establish a strong operational model in which the LSWC is sustainable, has clear governance, capacity and funding.
Click here … to download a copy of the LSWC Strategic Plan for 2018-20
LSWC Annual Reports
Download a copy of the LSWC Annual Reports for an overview of our projects and operations since 2010.
Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils in Alberta
WPACs are important stewards of Alberta's major watersheds. They are independent, non-profit organizations that are designated by Alberta Environment and Parks to report on the health of our watersheds, lead collaborative planning, and facilitate education and stewardship activities.
WPACs engage representatives of key stakeholders in the river basin area, including municipal, provincial and federal governments; industrial sectors; conservation groups; aboriginal communities; academia; and the public. In their work, they seek consensus on land and water resource management strategies that support the achievement of shared environmental, social, and economic outcomes for the watershed.
Water for Life provided WPACs with a mandate to support multi-stakeholder collaboration and community engagement within four main program areas:
- Education and Outreach
- Environmental Stewardship
- Watershed Evaluation and Reporting
- Watershed Management Planning
The 11 WPAC's in Alberta are:
- Athabasca Watershed Council
- Battle River Watershed Alliance
- Beaver River Watershed Alliance
- Bow River Basin Council
- Lesser Slave Watershed Council
- Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance
- Milk River Watershed Council Canada
- North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance
- Oldman Watershed Council
- Red Deer River Watershed Alliance
- South East Alberta Watershed Alliance
Download the 2017 WPAC Compendium of Accomplishments