Part 1: Plan Mandate

  1. 1: Background of the Bow River Chapter:

Trout Unlimited Canada – Bow River Chapter referred to as Bow River Chapter (BRC) was registered as a non-profit organization under the Alberta Societies Act in 1985 with the consent of Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC). The name of the organization was changed to Trout Unlimited Canada – Bow River Chapter Council in 2004 to comply with Alberta Societies Act registration requirements. An Affiliation Agreement was signed between TUC and BRC in 2006 that aligns the chapter to TUC by-laws and policies notwithstanding the need of BRC to adhere to Alberta Society Act. BRC constitution and bylaws were registered with the Government of Alberta in 1985 with minor revisions made in 1988 and again in 1994 to allow for improvement in operations of the organization.

The Bow River Chapter signed a recreational lease agreement with the Province of Alberta in 2002 to maintain Legacy Island fisheries access and habitat development to the public for future generations. The lease was resigned by both parties in 2013 to include a survey of the property and reflect the name change of the chapter that took place in 2013. The lease agreement expires in 2027. It is important to understand that the lease agreement is held in the name of the Trout Unlimited Canada – Bow River Chapter Council registered under the Alberta Societies Act and not Trout Unlimited Canada.  

Bow River Chapter is governed by the TUC – National Conservation Agenda and BRC’s our own by-laws as an Alberta Society. The following Mission Statement and Goals are core elements of the national agenda:

Mission Statement: To conserve, protect and restore Canada’s Freshwater Ecosystems and their Coldwater Resources for Current and Future generations.

Goals:

  1. To conserve and protect Canada’s freshwater fish and their ecosystems and restore their coldwater resources to a healthy and productive state.
  2. To develop and apply effective, science-based and measureable coldwater conservation solutions in the field.
  3. To inform the public about coldwater conservation issues and educate communities about their watersheds.
  1. To build and sustain a healthy organization

1.2: Current Status:

Under our current working relationship with Trout Unlimited Canada, the Bow River Chapter position is as follows:

  • Follow TUC Mission Statement and Goals.
  • Develop programs that support the National Conservation Agenda.
  • Educate, engage and support BRC membership in national and local initiatives.
  • Advocate for the protection of the Bow River Basin Fishery.
  • Maintain support of the Legacy Island lease until alternate options are realized.
  • Fundraise to maintain a viable organization.

1.3: Bow River Chapter Strategic Plan – A Vision for the Future:

The strategic plan needs precise goals for both the short and long term. To achieve these objectives there will be two directives:

Bow River Chapter– Primary mandate will be to follow TUC mission statement and goals

Bow River Trout – A mandate to protect and support the Bow River fishery including the maintenance of the Legacy Island lease held by BRC the society.

1.3.1: Bow River Chapter

Follow Trout Unlimited Canada Mission Statement and Goals.

BRC Technical Liaison Committee, in co-operation with the TUC staff will initiate and support programs within the Bow River Basin that comply with National Conservation Agenda goals to:

  • Conserve and protect Canada’s freshwater fish and their ecosystems and restore their coldwater resources to a healthy and productive state
  • Develop and apply effective, science-based and measureable coldwater conservation solutions in the field
  • Inform the public about coldwater conservation issues and educate communities about their watersheds

Educate, Engage and Support BRC Membership in National and Local Initiatives.

BRC will communicate with the membership and general public through a website, social media, emails, etc., to support The National Conservation Agenda as well as fishery related initiatives. The end result is a healthier population of fish that can be enjoyed by a well-informed general public

1.3.2: Bow River Trout

Maintain Support of the Legacy Island Lease Until a Future Option is Realized

The agreement signed between the Province of Alberta and BRC is to conserve the integrity and protect the habitat of the lease. These requirements have been met with annual cleanup, weed control and access maintenance. Further maintenance needs will come from fundraising activities of Bow River Trout

Advocate for the Protection of the Bow River Basin Fishery.

It is essential that BRC participates in an advocacy roll for the protection of Bow River Basin Ecosystem. An ever increasing human population and changes in the environment has the potential to severely harm the Bow River fishery. In cooperation with other interest groups BRC will take part in advocacy to assure the Bow River Basin ecology, fish population and access are protected.

1.3.3: Fundraise to Maintain a Viable Organization

It is essential for the society to maintain transparent accounting procedures. Two lines of accounting will be established to support both TUC and BRC activities.

  • Bow River Chapter Operations – cooperative fundraising activities will continue to support the national administrative function and habitat projects. The “Fall Splash” will continue to support TUC /BRC habitat and operation expenses.
  • Bow River Trout Fund – a separate fund will be established to support ventures that are detailed under the “Bow River Trout” It is expected that this new fund raising venture will not only support the maintenance of Legacy Island but allows for expansion of BRC activities and advocacy in the Bow River Basin.