Help protect Edmonton's water source!
2016-07-29CPAWS wants you to help protect the Bighorn Backcountry. Like the Alberta Hiking Association, CPAWS would like to see the Bighorn designated a Wildland Park. The organization writes:
Did you know that almost 90% of Edmonton's drinking water is unprotected? The water we use every day comes from one of Alberta's last intact forest in the Bighorn Backcountry near Nordegg, Alberta. This 5,000 square kilometer forest is home to many sensitive and endangered species such as grizzly bears, mountain goats, bull trout and whitebark pine trees This beautiful area offers amazing outdoor recreational opportunities, and important ecosystem services such as protection from floods and droughts. Unfortunately, the Bighorn is currently threatened by industrial activities such as coal leases, oil and gas development, forestry and inappropriate recreational activities.
We must protect the Bighorn as a Wildland Provincial Park in order to ensure Edmonton's water is clean, safe and secure for ourselves and future generations! Calgary's drinking water is protected – why not Edmonton's? CPAWS Northern Alberta is taking a stand in the fight for our water, and you can too!
Join us at our Love Your Headwaters Festival in Winston Churchill Square in Edmonton, on Wednesday 10 August from 4pm – 8pm.