Call for Delegates: Workshop Participants for the Surface Water Quantity Management Framework and the Tailing Management Framework

ENGO Delegates (2 per workshop)
Stakeholder consultation on the draft Surface Water Quantity Management Framework for the Lower Athabasca River and the draft Tailing Management Framework for Mineable Oil Sands
Application Deadline: 
6 Nov 2013

In 2012, The Government of Alberta introduced a new land use plan for the Lower Athabasca Region. The intent of this Plan is to guide future resource management decisions, while considering social and economic impacts of development in northeastern Alberta. As part of the Plan’s ongoing implementation, the Government of Alberta has committed to the continued development of several environmental management frameworks. These frameworks outline environmental monitoring, evaluation, and reporting requirements, set early warning triggers to determine the need for action, and identify what actions may be taken. Draft versions of two of these frameworks – the Surface Water Quantity Framework for the Lower Athabasca River and the Tailings Management Framework for Mineable Oil Sands – have recently been completed.

Workshop Dates:

  • November 21, 2013 (Surface Water Quantity Management Framework);
  • November 22, 2013 (Tailings Management Framework) 

Workshop Location:

  • Sawridge Hotel, Fort McMurray, Alberta (both days)

The Surface Water Quantity Management Framework for the Lower Athabasca River 

As part of the framework development process under the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan, the Government of Alberta committed to updating the Water Management Framework: Instream Flow Needs and Water Management System for the Lower Athabasca River (2007). Recognized as Phase One of a two-phased approach, the existing Water Management Framework provides short-term guidance for the management of cumulative water withdrawals from the Lower Athabasca River. Since 2007, the provincial and federal governments have continued working with stakeholders and Aboriginal communities in furthering Phase Two of the Water Management Framework. Collaboration with the Cumulative Environmental Management Association, the Phase 2 Framework Committee, and First Nations has been instrumental in development of the draft Surface Water Quantity Management Framework for the Lower Athabasca River. This draft Framework, once finalised, will replace the 2007 Water Management Framework. 

The Tailings Management Framework 

The draft Tailings Management Framework for Mineable Oil Sands is the result of ongoing work related to tailings management and reclamation and draws on recent advances made through Directive 074: Tailings Performance Criteria and Requirements for Oil Sands Mining Schemes. The framework is part of the Government of Alberta’s Progressive Reclamation Strategy for the oil sands and aligns with the Tailings Technology Roadmap and Action Plan produced by Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions. The objective of this framework is to ensure that tailings are reclaimed as quickly as possible, while balancing environmental, social, and economic needs. 

Purpose and Tasks:

The purpose of the planned Frameworks consultation is to test framework assumptions and principles with key stakeholders, First Nations, Métis, and the public, to affirm policy intent and purpose of the draft frameworks, and to address several key policy questions around the frameworks.

Time Commitment: 

The consultation comprises two one-day workshops (one day for each draft framework). The Surface Water Quantity Framework will be addressed on Thursday, November 21, while the Tailings Management Framework will be the topic of discussion on Friday, November 22. Both workshops will be held at the Sawridge Hotel in Fort McMurray. Additional details, including a workshop package, will be sent to participants in advance of the workshop dates.

Expenses & Honoraria: 

Expense reimbursement and honoraria are available in accordance with the Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development – Alberta Environmental Network Communication and Reporting Protocol and contract.

The travel for these workshops will try to be coordinated for delegates attending from a similar spot.

Selection Criteria: 

ESRD is seeking delegates who: 

  • Possess a reasonable understanding of water quantity and tailings management issues in the Lower Athabasca Region. 
  • Have experience in multi-stakeholder decision making and providing input. 
  • Are members of a reputable environmental organization with experience in water resource management. 
  • Are committed to effectively provide two-way communication between the Committee and the environmental group of which they are a member. 
  • Have familiarity with or past-participation in Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development. The South Peace Environmental Association was a participant in the Cumulative Environmental Management Association Phase 2 Framework Committee in 2010. 
  • Are members of an AEN member organization in good standing. 
  • Have demonstrated proven ability to participate, work professionally, constructively and collaboratively with other stakeholders and with government representatives. 
  • Are respectful of timelines and commitment to the process.

Delegate Expectations: 

  1. Prompt establishment of delegate letter of agreement with Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development. 
  2. Make own travel and accommodation arrangements. 
  3. Review and analyze background documents provided 
  4. Provide input at the meetings. 
  5. Provide feedback to and from the ENGO constituent community. 
Application Instructions: 

Please provide a submission of interest to Glenn Isaac at [email protected] by November 6 with the following: 

  • Your name, contact information and the name of the AEN member-group you represent. 
  • A brief description of your training, experience and abilities relevant to the selection criteria provided for the workshops (1 page). 

The delegate selection meeting for the above workshops will occur on November 8 at Noon. The dial in information is: 1-888-289-4573 Access Code: 8052502