The Finding Common Ground 2.0 tour will be exploring energy options and opportunities, with a focus on energy efficiency, around the Battle River region. You are encouraged to review this site and its contents prior to our tour in October. At the bottom of each page you will find a Facebook comments plug-in, where you can log in to leave a comment and discuss page topics with fellow ambassadors.
We are excited to announce our partnership with Brenlea Farms out of Bawlf, AB!
Brenda Bohmer, a grain farmer in Camrose County, has been working to retain more water on
her land. She has been planting trees and tapping into the small seasonal creek that flows in the
spring to restore existing wetlands. When a road reconstruction project provided the
opportunity arose (delete) to build a new dugout, she wanted to make it a functioning wetland.
The wetland is about 2 acres in size and will hold about 2 million gallons of water. The slope
into the wetland is gradual to help wildlife and birds use the wetland (compared to a normal
dugout which has a steeper slope) . She will also be planting about 5000 trees over 3 years,
over half of which are already planted. These projects are also helping to capture and store
carbon in the soils. We are proud to support her ongoing efforts as a steward of our
ABOUT FINDING COMMON GROUND 2.0
What will the tour include?
Participants will gain first hand experience in energy production, distribution, and efficient use. Loading onto a coach bus in Camrose, we will visit multiple energy production sites and to hear from guest experts. Topics will include: renewable and conventional energy production and distribution; technological innovations and advances in efficiencies; local impacts of energy on our social, economic, and environmental resilience; and how to increase energy efficiency in your home, workplace, and community.
After a full day of tours, participants will have the option to stay overnight in Camrose, or be returned to their vehicles to return home. The second day will be much like the first; exploring and discussing our energy systems, as well as gaining experience in sharing your thoughts and ideas about the project and topics with others.