A big meeting is planned in Claresholm for a discussion about preparing for the drought as well as hosting a mitigation forum.

The event is organized by the Chinook Watershed Crew (CWC) which is a non-partisan science-based organization.

It's coming up this evening (April 15) at the Claresholm Community Centre with doors opening at 5 p.m. with the program starting at 5:30 p.m.

The purpose of the event according to the CWC is to create greater awareness for the upcoming drought this year.

Groups coming include the Oldman River Watershed Council who will present slides and provide context to the data.

The Claresholm Premiere of the documentary 'Dried Up, What Now?' will also be shown with a panel discussion afterward.

The documentary was produced by Yvan Lebel and Kevin Van Tighem for the Livingstone Landowners Group.

The panelists include Cheryl Bradley, biologist and watershed planning; Kim Wachtler, Burnt Creek Ranch; James Byrne, Professor Emeritus, Geography and Environment, University of Lethbridge and Stewart Rood, research professor, biology and environmental science, University of Lethbridge.

Exhibit tables will also be featured from Burke Creek Ranch; Old Man River Council; Protect Alberta's Rockies; CPAWS Southern Alberta Chapter; Coutts Centre for Western Canadian Heritage; Cows & Fish; Crowsnest Conservation Society; Blackfoot Confederacy/Trout Unlimited; MD of Willow Creek; FIRE Smart and Emergency Services; Town of Claresholm, Emergency Management and Safety.

Complimentary beef on a bun will also be served courtesy of Roy's Place and while the event is free donations will be gratefully accepted.

Contact Jacqueline Chalmers at newoxley@gmail.com for more information.