The following stories were developed for our “Street to Stream” initiative, a collaborative project with the Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership. These stories showcase urban and lakefront community riparian stewardship activities and a stormwater youth education program in Alberta. These stories were created in a workshop facilitated by the Digital Storytelling Program, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, in December, 2014
– By Susan Samson
“We moved here because we love the lake and being close to the water. But we didn’t realize that our lifestyles would hurt the very thing we love”. In this story, Susan shares her personal journey from doing “regular things unthinkingly” to wanting to make better choices for her lake, her family and her community.
For more information about the Sylvan Lake Watershed Stewardship Society visit http://slwss.org/
– By Lynn Robb
“I’m connected to water. We all are. As is all life. It’s a wonderful time to be working around water.” In this story Lynn shares her commitment and her passion for leading Trout Unlimited Canada’s Yellow Fish Road Program, a youth education program that began in 1991 to help prevent stormwater pollution. As Lynn explains, “..while it has changed over time, the need [for this program] has never been greater”.
For more information about the Yellow Fish Road Program visit http://www.yellowfishroad.org
-By Tim Giese
‘Branches and Banks’, a community-based annual tree plant and waterway clean-up event in Cochrane has been ongoing since 1996. An Emerald Award recipient, this event brings community volunteers and families together in a unique way. In this story, Tim Giese shares his enthusiasm for urban riparian stewardship. Listen to find out why, ‘Branches and Banks’ is “so much more though than just going out and planting trees”.
For more information about Branches and Banks visit http://www.cochrane-environment.org/branches-and-banks
– By Shana Barbour-Welsh
“One of the largest, most expansive urban parks in North America, [Fish Creek Provincial Park] is nestled like a safe haven amidst the bustling activity of the city”. And yet, with over 3 million visitors each year, this sensitive area is in need of a healing hand. In her story, Shana shares her love of her park and the community stewardship groups and volunteers at its heart.
For more information about the Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society visit http://friendsoffishcreek.org/