An extensive update on the status of the Ghost River State of the Watershed (SOW) project will be provided at the annual general meeting of the Ghost Watershed Alliance Society (GWAS), Nov. 18.

The report was initiated in 2014 by GWAS and executive director Marina Krainer says the end result will be the most comprehensive report ot its kind on an Alberta watershed. It has just received a second round of review by the steering committee and its publication is imminent.

"The way that it looks like right now, this will be the most comprehensive state of the watershed that most people have seen in Alberta," says Krainer. "It's quite detailed."

The Ghost River is a tributary of the Bow River and provides seven per cent of the flow upstream of Calgary. The report aims to give a better understanding of the watershed as it currently exists, identify sensitive or at risk areas, provide a scientific basis for future watershed planning and help determine the direction for future priorities and activities of GWAS.

Mark Bennett, executive director of the Bow River Basin Council, is the keynote speaker and he will be discussng the role of watershed planning. advisory councils and watershed stewardship groups in the province.

The AGM also offers the opportunity to learn of the outcome of GWAS projects this past year, including the guided Walks in the Watershed, a bio-engineering project to protect fish habitat along the Johnson Creek and the recent annual random campsite cleanup.

Volunteers of the BP Retirees continue to do their annual cleanup. Despite a relatively quiet summer in the Ghost, due to the fire bans and six-week ATV closure, they will collected 330 kg of garbage in just three hours. There was also a substantial amount of plastic littered through the popular random camping areas and GWAS says it poses a hazard to wildlife and pollutes the water.

The AGM is open to all interested people and you don't have to live in The Ghost to participate in the organization.

"We do have a large number of members who don't live in the watershed. but love it for recreation or just in knowing that their water comes from there," says Krainer.

"We would like to invite with anyone with an interest in the Ghost Watershed to come to the AGM. We are always looking for new members and new volunteers."

The doors open at 9:15 a.m. and the meeting runs from 9:45 a.m. to 12 noon. There is no admission, although donations are welcome and 2018 memberships are will be available for purchase ($10 individual; $20 family).

GWAS was founded to help preserve and enhance the integrity of the ecosystem in the Ghost watershed and to raise public awareness and work toward issues that arise.

More information can be found here.

More Local News

100 Women Ensure School Kids Get a Healthy Start

The collective fundraising group 100 Women Who Care has donated an amazing $7050 for the Rocky View School program, Food for Thought. Nikki Demyen, Food for Thought, Community Partnership…

Stay Off The Ice

With Cochrane's recent weather hovering between unseasonably cold and warm, the message to stay off the ice has already begun. Fire Public Education Officer, Jeff Avery, states they have already seen…

Council Considering Increasing Taxes as Much as 4.45%

Cochrane town council is considering increasing taxes by as much as 4.45 per cent, about 50 per cent higher than originally recommended in the first draft of the budget, largely to correct some…

Recognize These Individuals?

Cochrane RCMP is hoping the public can help them identify two people of interest in connection with a local theft. Constable Kary Moore shares that on October 30 at roughly 2 pm, Cochrane RCMP was…

How Will Cannabis Fit into Cochrane's Retail Picture?

While the Alberta Government has basically outlined how cannabis will be retailed, there are still far too many details missing for municipalities to establish their guidelines. The Town of Cochrane…

National Home Fire Safety Week Focuses on Kitchen Blazes

From November 24th to 30th the Canada Safety Council is reminding residents to be mindful in the kitchen. Since 2007, the Canada Safety Council sends out messages on a variety of safety risks…

MP Blake Richards Announces His Future Plans

Banff- Airdrie MP Blake Richards will be seeking another term in office come the 43rd Canadian Federal Election in October 2019. Richards has represented the constituency since 2008 and is looking…

Lighting Up the Holiday Season

There was a magical feeling in the air on Saturday night (November 18) as record numbers came to celebrate the start of Cochrane's holiday season. The 33rd annual Light Up blasted through a record…

Giving Back This Holiday Season

Many businesses in the Cochrane community not only hope to see business soar in the month of December but some are giving back. The staff of Stellar Studio Hair and Tattoo are looking for four…

Down Goes the Big Hill Pool

It's the end of an era for the Big Hill Pool and the beginning of something yet to be determined at its 5th Ave. location. Demolition started today, Nov. 21, of the pool that serves Cochrane well for…

NDP Proposes Amendments to School Act

The NDP government has tabled School Act amendments after receiving first reading last Wednesday (November 15). Bill 28 will see many changes to the School Act if proclaimed by the NDP government.…

Cochrane in Your Pocket; New App Launched by Town

Full access to the Town of Cochrane now fits in your pocket and can be accessed with your fingertips, thanks to the launch of a smartphone app. A new method for residents to connect with the town is…

Exercise Extreme Caution This Evening

Cochrane RCMP is asking the public to use extreme caution if headed out this evening. Numerous collisions and spin-outs due to black ice on Highway 22 and secondary roads have prompted RCMP to say…

Older RVS Schools Will Benefit

Rocky View School (RVS) Board has recognized that several older schools in the jurisdiction are requiring modernization and thanks to funding them through its Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal…

Home Builder Helps Get Things "Fixed" Without Hammer and Nails

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.....unless, of course, you're talking about an animal that needs to be prepared for adoption from the Cochrane and Area Humane Society. In that case, you really need…

Cochrane Considering Bi-Weekly Waste Collection

The new Cochrane Town Council are meeting today to begin debate of the 2018 Draft Budget for the town. One of the things they'll be talking about is whether or not Cochrane should move to a bi-weekly…

BVHS Students Honoured For Hard Work

Last week over 100 students were honoured during an awards assembly at Bow Valley High School. Scholarships, bursaries, top course achievements, Academic All-stars (honour roll both semesters), and…

Be Safe As We Approach the Holiday Season

With this being Cochrane's official 'Welcome to Christmas' launch, Cochrane RCMP wants to remind motorists to be safe and start planning ahead. Cochrane RCMP and Cochrane Integrated Traffic Unit will…

Meet Your New Town Council During Cochrane Light Up

Not only will you see a lot of your friends and neighbours this Saturday during Cochrane Light Up, you'll also get to meet Cochrane's new mayor and town council during the festivities. Mayor Jeff…

One More Week to Support Our Veterans

Cochrane firefighters and artist MJ Stead have teamed up to support veterans in need. Senior firefighter, Dave Levisky, says donations are still being received at Fire Services to support the… is Cochrane's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Upcoming Events

Cochrane Christmas Artisan & Gift Market

25 November 2017 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Frank Wills Memorial Hall, Cochrane

Photos with Santa!

25 November 2017 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Mountain Vista Law

Cochrane Humane Society Fall Peticure

25 November 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Cochrane Humane Society, Cochrane