Thank you for the update, always good to hear from you. Combining the much needed employment of post-secondary students with the education of high school students to enhance the knowledge of the river systems and their importance to our area is a major win for everyone involved. The program was impressive when we first viewed it and I’m sure that it hasn’t slipped from that initial opinion. As for “friends in high places”, I would have to question that statement but I am sure pleased that we at the EID have had the opportunity to provide some influence and resulting funding to help your program in the past and hopefully for years to come.
- Eastern Irrigation District
Growing Bus Fleet, Fall 2011
RIVERWATCH USES FOURTEEN giant inflatable rafts as rubber buses to transport hundreds of students to shoreline study sites each and every day of field work. In addition to creating a great environmental adventure, these rafts are zero emission vehicles!
Grants from Cenovus Energy and Syncrude Canada made all the difference to our transportation needs this year. With the purchase of two fairly new diesel school buses, RiverWatch has entered a new era of dependable transportation!
The two new buses went into service during the autumn season of 2011 in preparation for expansion plans that will see the two old buses used within Edmonton and Calgary and the two new buses used on the highways for rural outreach programs. With a growing fleet of four buses, RiverWatch is better positioned to accommodate the program waiting list of thousands of students.
The donation of two new equipment buses will keep RiverWatch traveling to rivers for spring and fall field studies for years to come. On each study day, the RiverWatch buses park beside a river for one hundred eager students to file aboard and obtain their rubber boots, PFDs, paddles and water-analysis kits required for a river adventure. Rafts are unloaded from the trailers towed behind the buses and students are then ready to travel on another Alberta river to answer and act upon the question, “How healthy is my river?”
Many thanks and much appreciation is extended to Cenovus and Syncrude for keeping RiverWatch on-the-road and on-the-river. Our buses are a very unique sight hauling stacks of giant blue rafts — be sure to honk a hello and wave when you see us!