Mission and Goals

Our Mission:
mission_pic01.jpgThe Milk River Watershed Council Canada strives to proactively preserve and improve the economic, social and environmental interests of the basin through effective partnerships and sound science.

Our Vision:
A watershed where community well being is supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment that will endure as our legacy for future generations.

Our Goal:
To achieve balance among a thriving community, a healthy environment and a prosperous economy through understanding, dialogue and action.



The 4 main roles of Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils in Alberta are: 

1. Convener and Collaborator
WPACs  provide an important forum where stakeholders meet to share information and identify, discuss and recommend priorities for issues and initiatives within their watershed. WPACs work together in partnership with stakeholders in their watershed to support or lead projects and programs to address watershed-related issues.

2. Monitoring and Reporting 
 WPACs are a valuable source of information about regional issues and monitoring needs related to watershed health and management.  WPACs produce “state of the watershed” reports that identify watershed conditions, the local pressures facing the watershed and the data and research gaps that may need to be addressed.

3. Policy and Planning
To act as a valuable source of knowledge and regional perspectives for relevant government (provincial, municipal and other) policy development. We promote and coordinate the creation and implementation of opportunities to integrate and adopt strategies from various planning, policy and operational products and processes. WPACs prepare integrated watershed management plans (IWMPs) as advice to stakeholder members including the Government of Alberta that identify issues and examine the best course of action to address them. 

4. Education and Literacy 
Through education and outreach programs, we aim to raise public awareness about issues and stewardship options within our watershed, and encourage public involvement in water issues and watershed management. We deliver water-based education and environmental literacy programs to build community capacity and active participation.