The Ghost Watershed Alliance Society (GWAS) is a Watershed Stewardship Group (WSG) with the vision to preserve and enhance the integrity of the ecosystem in the Ghost Watershed in order to secure the optimum quality and yield of the area's surface and groundwater resources.
The GWAS has set its mission to identify ecosystem and environmental issues affecting the watershed of the Ghost-Waiparous, raise public awareness and work towards resolving these issues.
Through the year the GWAS organizes several events like Walks in the Watershed and Open Houses. The Walks are not only educational, but they are also fun events showing you the beauty of the watershed and the challenges we have to face.
An important part of GWAS work is to develop a science-based understanding of this watershed. Understanding its composition, structure and function as well as its thresholds to maintaining ecological integrity. Over the past few years GWAS has engaged several highly respected Scientists and Professionals, such as Dr. Brad Stelfox and Forester & Ecologist Herb Hammond, helping us to achieve this goal. More information on the studies is available on our Research & Data page.
Under the Water for Life Strategy, WSGs are tasked to promote best management practices, collaborate with land-use managers, undertake on-the-ground actions to protect the watershed, develop State of the Watershed reports and collaboratively work towards the development of adaptive watershed management plans.
GWAS has come a long ways since its inception in 2002, with a growing
membership and many passionate people serving on GWAS Board of
YOUR input and participation as a member of GWAS is crucial to achieve
our Mission and Vision!
Please consider becoming a member of GWAS by signing up today!
Annual memberships (by calendar year) are only $10 for individuals
and $20.- for family memberships.
As a member you will be informed about upcoming events, our activities and
other news regularly by e-mail and you will be invited to join our Walks in the Watershed. If you would like to become a new Member of GWAS or renew your membership, you can either send a cheque by mail or online by visiting the
Support Us page. By becoming a member you will be strengthening our voice for the Ghost Watershed, working towards maintaining this exceptional gem at Calgary’s door-step for this generation and the many that will follow.
A gem that provides us with ecological goods and services such as clean, abundant water, wildlife habitat and a place to recreate.
GWAS is a recognized stakeholder for the Ghost Watershed.
We take part in govenment processes around land-uses, watershed management and stewardship. The Alberta Government’s South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) describes WSGs as important contributors to implement the plan. We keep track of land-use activities planned for the Ghost Watershed and provide input based on the objective of maintaining water quality and quantity.
Please check our News & Events page for frequent updates.
You can download a copy of GWAS Bylaws here.
Please contact us by e-mail for any additional information:
the Board of Directors
Ghost Watershed Alliance Society
P.O. Box 1461
Cochrane, AB T4C 1B4