Water & Watershed Management

Media Releases & Op-eds

Obed Mine Spill One Year Later: Groups Call for Charges to be Laid, Impacts Disclosed

It has been a year since the Obed Mountain Coal Mine disaster. The mine was owned at the time by Sherritt International but has since been purchased by Westmoreland Coal Company. The breach of a containment pond spilled 670 million litres of toxic tailings into the Athabasca River and its tributaries. Five weeks later this plume of contaminated water had worked its way through the Peace Athabasca Delta and into the North West Territories. Read more about Obed Mine Spill One Year Later: Groups Call for Charges to be Laid, Impacts Disclosed

Event

Stewards in Motion

Nov 6 2014 - 4:30pm to 10:30pm

Transforming collaboration to advance lo​cal stewardship efforts

This interactive event gives participants the opportunity to actively learn, share, and engage in collaborative dialogue across sectors. Using the newly developed environmental stewardship framework, participants will:

  • Learn how stewardship and resource management principles can more effectively be incorporated into the land-use planning and development process
  • Identify and discuss local potential projects that would benefit from applying this approach, then develop a process for implementation
  • Share results, identify opportunities, needs and gaps in the region
Read more about Stewards in Motion>

Location

Portage College
9531 94 Avenue
T0A 2C0 Lac La Biche , AB
Event

Stewards in Motion

Nov 27 2014 - 4:30pm to 10:30pm

Transforming collaboration to advance lo​cal stewardship efforts

This interactive event gives participants the opportunity to actively learn, share, and engage in collaborative dialogue across sectors. Using the newly developed environmental stewardship framework, participants will:

  • Learn how stewardship and resource management principles can more effectively be incorporated into the land-use planning and development process
  • Identify and discuss local potential projects that would benefit from applying this approach, then develop a process for implementation
  • Share results, identify opportunities, needs and gaps in the region
Read more about Stewards in Motion>

Location

Rochon Sands Community Hall
1 Hall Street
T0C 3B0 Rochon Sands , AB
Story

Stewards in Motion

From the Land Stewardship Centre of Canada website:

Stewards in Motion is more than just a series of events. It is a rally call to connect all stewards at a local level, regardless of focus, affiliation or discipline. It is the philosophy that enables the stewardship community and other stakeholders such as municipal government, ENGOs and industry, to think collectively and then act locally to protect our valuable, common natural assets…

 

Brought to you by ASN, with the support of Miistakis Institute and Environmental Law Centre, these interactive, regional events offer participants the opportunity to actively learn, share, and engage in collaborative dialogue across sectors.

…this year’s theme is transforming collaboration to advance local stewardship efforts.

Events are scheduled for November 6 in Lac La Biche and November 27 in Buffalo Lake. Read more about Stewards in Motion

Event

8th Annual Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up

Sep 23 2014 - 4:00pm

Join the Castle‐Crown Wilderness Coalition on September 23rd, 10:00 AM, at the boat dock at Beaver Mines Lake. Dress for the weather, don’t forget your hat and bring sunscreen, bug spray, water, and a bag lunch. Everyone is welcome to participate. Join us for an environmental clean up and help us keep our shoreline bright and beautiful.

Registration is requested but not required. To register call Carolyn at 403-627‐5059 or Wendy at 403-627‐4106. Read more about 8th Annual Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up

Location

Boat Dock Beaver Mines Lake , AB
Call for Delegates

Call for Delegate: AWC Enhancing Source Water Protection Working Group

Initiative: 
Enhancing Source Water Protection Working Group
Position: 
ENGO Delegate
Application Deadline: 
12 Sep 2014

At the October 2013 meeting, the board agreed to launch a new working group to explore opportunities to enhance source water protection in Alberta. The working group will scope and clarify the issues, propose a preliminary budget, and develop a draft terms of reference for board consideration and approval in March 2015. Read more about Call for Delegate: AWC Enhancing Source Water Protection Working Group

Funding Opportunity

Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund

Deadline: 
1 Oct 2014

From the Environment Canada website:

The water quality of Lake Winnipeg has been negatively impacted by excessive amounts of nutrients from both urban and rural sources. Lake Winnipeg is fed by a vast basin covering approximately one million square kilometres extending over four provinces and four states. More than half of the nutrients reaching Lake Winnipeg originate outside Manitoba's borders. Recent estimates indicate that 53% of the total phosphorus and 51 % of the total nitrogen to Lake Winnipeg is coming from upstream jurisdictions. Phase II (2012-2017) of the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative has committed $7.4 million to continue its support of the Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund (LWBSF) (herein called the Fund).
 

The Fund provides financial and technical support to implement high-impact solution-oriented projects aimed at reducing nutrient loads, and improving the ecological sustainability of the lake and watershed. Environment Canada administers the Fund with support from a Technical Review committee and a Public Advisory Committee.
 

Projects involving 'tried and proven' activities as well as projects demonstrating innovative techniques, technologies and measures to reduce nutrient inputs into Lake Winnipeg are good candidates for this funding. The Fund also supports activities that contribute to a better understanding of current conditions and track improvements in environmental quality within Lake Winnipeg and its watershed.

Read more about Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund>
Event

The DeadCold Run supporting the North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper

Feb 22 2014 - 9:00pm

From North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper:

The NSRK has a lot on the go in 2014 with a focus on the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton.

We are kicking off 2014 as the charity of choice for the Saturday, February 22 DEADCOLD RUN.

Think zombies in winter chasing you around a winter-themed run and obstacle course at Rundle Park.

Read more about The DeadCold Run supporting the North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper>

Location

Rundle Family Centre
Rundle Park
Edmonton , AB
Event

Draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan Information Session

Jan 13 2014 - 11:30pm to Jan 14 2014 - 1:00am

From the EVDS website:

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and EVDS will host an information session to encourage public feedback on a plan intended to balance the environmental, economic, and cultural well-being of the province.

Read more about Draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan Information Session>

Location

Professional Faculties Building, Room 2165
University of Calgary
Calgary , AB

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