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Watershed councils get funding on World Water Day

Shannon Phillips, minister of environment and parks and minister responsible for the climate change office, speaks about the steps that are going to be used to protect Alberta's water supply during a media press conference in McDougall Centre on World Water Day in Calgary on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The Albertan government was granted $12 million to help protect waters. For the next 3 years, 11 watershed councils will have $3.2 million each year to help assess and work on water management while $750,000 will be used those years to protect water resources. (Photo by Chelsey Harms/660 News)

Funding is flowing to 11 watershed councils in Alberta.

The government has announced $12 million over the next three years for the groups, which work on flood and drought resiliency policies and water management.

Executive Director of the Bow River Basin Council, Mark Bennett, explains what his group will use its cash for.

“Improves stormwater techniques and that brings in a whole suite of possibilities under best management practices, low impact development practices. Continuing our work at various levels on watershed management planning and also doing environmental condition reporting, or state of reporting.”

The funding announcement was made as communities recognize World Water Day on Wednesday.