This course will provide students with a detailed overview of the water resource and watershed management activities in the North Saskatchewan River basin. The intent is to share knowledge about current environmental conditions, management/restoration approaches and the policy context. The course will build on the course content offered in 2019 and will again be delivered by experts from various water disciplines and user sectors. Topics will include: current and future water supply; water quality management; aquatic ecosystem health; fisheries management; lake management; drinking water protection; riparian zone and wetland management; watershed alliances and stewardship groups; and water management activities of key sectors including industry, agriculture, forestry, oil and gas, and municipalities. New topics for 2021 will include climate cycling/climate change, flooding issues, groundwater management, First Nations perspectives, and insights into the other major river basins in Alberta.
David Owen Trew graduated from the University of Guelph in 1970. He served with Alberta Environment from 1974-2007 as a water scientist and policy manager. He assumed responsibilities as Executive Director of the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance in 2007, and retired in 2018. David has enjoyed creating new knowledge and watershed management approaches throughout his career.