The Wabamun Watershed Management Council serves to provide consensus based recommendations to its partners on watershed management within the Lake Wabamun Watershed. It also provides an independent vehicle by which partners can identify mutually desired environmental outcomes, and coordinate initiatives to achieve shared outcomes.
The concept for the group was originally proposed by Dr. David Schindler in a report titled, Lake Wabamun: A Review of Scientific Studies and Environmental Impacts. In preparing this report, he realized that many groups around the lake held an interest in protecting the health of the watershed, but that a coordinated effort would be needed in order to achieve success. The WWMC formed in the fall of 2006 (under the name of the Lake Wabamun Citizens’ Panel) with its Vision and Mission being:
Vision: The Lake Wabamun Watershed is a healthy ecosystem with a community that shares its collective responsibility to be the best stewards of that environment.
Mission: To guide the development, management and stewardship of Lake Wabamun through collaborative watershed planning, research, and public education.
There are three classes of membership:
- General Members - any Albertan with an interest in maintaining and improving the health of the lake and its ecosystem.
- Board Members - are either elected from the general membership or appointed depending upon the sector they represent. Sectors include:
- watershed residents - 4 postions from summer villages and County of Parkland
- government - 5 positions from federal, provincial, and municipal governments
- non-government organizations - 4 positions from environmental and recreational organizations
- industry/business - 4 postions including agriculture, and
- members-at-large - 3 positions elected from the general membership
- Corporate Members - companies or organizations that agree to partner with the WWMC in achieving the Council's goals.
Download the latest WWMC bylaws here.