Working Well Workshop
The Milk River Watershed Council Canada in association with the County of Warner presents the Working Well Workshop, February 9, 2017 at the Heritage Hall in Milk River starting at 3pm. Click here for more information.
Thank you for being a part of our Fall Hike Tour!
The Milk River Watershed Council Canada 2016 Fall Hike Tour was held on October 1, 2016 at the Pinhorn Grazing Reserve and Milk River Canyon.
We hope you had a great time!
2016 Annual Canoe Tour
The MRWCC wishes to thank the organizing committee and the participants of the 2016 Annual Canoe Tour which took place on Saturday, June 18, 2016.
The tour was launched at Weir Bridge and ended at the Deer Creek Bridge. 21 people canoed this gentle reach of the Milk River. Apart from a couple of canoes capsizing, the participants enjoyed themselves on this temperate day with perfect weather and flow on the river. The group canoed for approximately 4 hours, briefly stopping over to check out the Thunderbird rock art and later for a delightful lunch prepared by Laura Balog at the Writing on Stone Provincial Park beach. After lunch the group briefly stopped at Roy Audet's property to explore the beautiful, blooming yucca gardens before proceeding to the final destination, the Deer Creek Bridge.
Special thanks go to Ken Brown for supplying canoes, Ed Sloboda for taking photographs, Roy and Christy Audet for showcasing their yucca gardens, and Dennis Spackman for providing transport for the group.
Stay tuned for our next annual Canoe Tour!
Xeriscape Workshop and Gardening Tour Report
The Milk River Watershed Council Canada, in conjunction with the Town of Milk River, recently hosted a Xeriscape Workshop and Tour in Milk River on June 11, 2016.
Steve MacRae, a Xeriscape Professional Landscaper from Lethbridge, gave an informative presentation on the overview of xeriscape principles, elements of xeriscape designs, and soil assessment.
The objectives of the workshop and tour were to:
- To increase awareness of the need for water conservation within the Milk River watershed
- To highlight practical approaches to landscaping in a semi-arid environment for home and business owners
- To demonstrate that beauty need not be sacrificed with xeriscaping
Xeriscape is a term derived from the Greek word “xeros”, meaning “dry” and when combined with landscape, it means water efficient landscape design and practice. This gardening strategy allows the home or business owner to create and maintain a varied and colourful landscape plan that uses native and drought tolerant plants. Not to be confused with Zeroscaping which is primarily the use of rock and hardened surfaces in place of plants.
We live in a semi-arid climate, with extreme temperatures, intense sunshine, high winds, and low precipitation. This water conservation landscape plan can help conserve water.
Some benefits of xeriscaping:Saves Water
- For most of North America, ~50% of residential water is used for landscaping and lawns
- Xeriscape can reduce landscape water use by 50 - 75%
- Aside from occasional pruning and weeding, maintenance is minimal
- Watering requirements are low, and can be met with simple irrigation systems
- No fertilizers or pesticides
- Using plants native to the Milk River area will eliminate the need for chemical supplements
- Sufficient nutrients are provided by healthy soil
- A good Xeriscape can raise property values which may offset the cost of installation
- Protect your landscaping investment by drought-proofing it
- Fossil fuel consumption from gas mowers is minimized or eliminated with minimal turf areas
- Small turf areas can be maintained with a reel mower
- Use of native plants, shrubs, and trees offers a familiar and varied habitat for local wildlife
We wish to thank home owners for allowing us to showcase their beautiful yards, participants for taking the time to attend the workshop and tour, Steve MacRae for his excellent presentation, Janie King for providing snacks to participants, and last but not least the CAIT Team for planning this event, particularly Raymond Baril who did most of the work to ensure that the event was successful. For those who plan to implement the ideas presented, we wish you great success!!