Why We Exist
The Bow River is our lifeline – supplying water for our municipal, industrial, agricultural and recreational needs. As our needs increase, pressures on the river intensify.
Recognizing that a healthy ecosystem is paramount, the BRBC champions a cooperative and collaborative approach to conserving, protecting and improving the waters of the Bow River Basin. Our activities therefore encompass the social, cultural, economic and environmental aspects of:
- riparian zones
- aquatic ecosystems
- the quality and quantity of groundwater and surface water, and
- the effects of human activity and land use on water resources.
WHO WE ARE
The BRBC’s origins are rooted in the work of a provincial Task Force dating back to the mid-1980s. In 1991, a Task Force Report included a recommendation to create a “watershed awareness” body that reported directly to the Minister of Environment. Thus, the first Bow River Water Quality Council (BRBWC) was created.
In 2000, the BRBWC formally amalgamated with a separate independent charity and moved to “arms-length” from government. This newest incarnation is the Bow River Basin Council (BRBC) and, in 2004, was designated as the Watershed Planning and Advisory Council (WPAC) for the Bow River Basin in Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy.
Today, the BRBC continues in its capacity as a WPAC, and includes membership from urban and rural municipalities; irrigation, agricultural, commercial and industrial companies; educational, recreational and ecological interests; Indigenous peoples; provincial and federal governments; and the general public.