Why We Exist
Generations to come…
…will follow our footprints, skipping rocks, floating home-made boats, marveling at a beaver dam and splashing around in local streams and rivers. This shared connection to our waterways ignores boundaries and transcends cultural differences. The Bow River Basin Council (BRBC) works to preserve these experiences, along with the balanced economic vitality and critical life-sustaining and ecological functions of the basin, for the children of today and the generations to come.
The Bow River and its tributaries bring us together as a community that shares this precious resource. It supplies water to our cities and towns, irrigates farmlands, powers hydroelectric generators and creates endless opportunities for recreation. Population and economic demands have increased dramatically over the years stretching the river’s capacity to its limit. As a result, the Bow is no longer available for further water allocation in the future.
It underscores the need for cooperation and collaboration in a sustained response. With such competing demands on this resource, the Bow River needs a champion to flag this issue on all fronts and to bring all stakeholders together for collective action. The Bow River Basin Council is a multi-stakeholder, charitable organization dedicated to meeting this need.
WHO WE ARE
The Bow River Basin Council was established in 1992 as an advisory body to the provincial Minister of Environmental Protection. It’s broad mandate is to promote awareness, improvement and protection of the Bow River water quality, foster cooperation among agencies with water quality responsibilities, and provide communication links among governments, interest groups and the general public. The BRBC includes representatives from urban and rural municipalities, irrigated and dryland agriculture, as well as recreational, industrial and other interests, and First Nations people within the Bow River Basin.
In 2004, the BRBC was designated by Alberta Environment as the Watershed Planning and Advisory Council for the Bow River basin in Alberta’s Water for Life strategy.