By Lethbridge Herald on January 30, 2020.
Lethbridge’s drinking water comes from the Oldman River.
Today, during the regular weekly Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs session, set for noon at the Royal Canadian Legion, speaker Sofie Forsström will present “For the Love of Headwaters: What Can We Do?”
Forsström is the education program manager for the Oldman Watershed Council. Since 2015, she has been co-ordinating education and restoration activities in the headwaters and beyond in order to promote watershed literacy and cultivate a strong sense of place.
Located along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, the headwaters of the Oldman River flow from an increasingly busy landscape — one that includes mining, logging, grazing and recreation. The area offers important habitat for threatened species, as well as ecological services beyond providing most of the water used by more than 210,000 people living, working and playing in our watershed.
In response to public concern, the OWC has made the headwaters a priority through education and restoration. Since 2015, OWC has conducted 283 surveys, talked to more than 5,600 people and helped plant over 4,300 willows and trees.
The speaker will describe these local grassroots efforts aimed at improving conditions in our headwaters, and will discuss some actions we can all take to help care for this special place.