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Monitoring on the Mind

With the spate of news & reports on environmental monitoring (or the lack thereof) in the oilsands region, monitoring is on the mind of a couple of AEN members.

Laura Bowman of the Environmental Law Centre posts on the need for an independent environmental monitoring agency:

…a clear, unambiguous commitment to better monitoring resources and stronger federal and provincial oversight at the approvals stage is still glaringly absent. What the oilsands really need is a well-resourced agency with the expertise and independence to be a bold regulator. 

Pembina's Terra Simieritsch writes on the importance of water quality monitoring, and asks some questions of the federal & provincial governments:

Will limits be set and will laws be enforced? And ultimately, if the data points to unacceptable changes in the Athabasca River, what are the federal and provincial governments prepared to do?
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Event

Red Deer River Watershed - Integrated Watershed Management Plan Workshops

Jan 27 2011 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Thanks again to those of you who were able to participate at the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance Community Forums in September and October. We shared information on the health of the watershed — water quality, water quantity, land use and biodiversity. If you want to learn more about those forums, go to: http://rdrwa.ca/forums.php Read more about Red Deer River Watershed - Integrated Watershed Management Plan Workshops

Location

Oyen Seniors Centre
219 2nd Street West
Oyen , AB
Event

Red Deer River Watershed - Integrated Watershed Management Plan Workshops

Jan 26 2011 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm

 

Thanks again to those of you who were able to participate at the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance Community Forums in September and October. We shared information on the health of the watershed — water quality, water quantity, land use and biodiversity. If you want to learn more about those forums, go to: http://rdrwa.ca/forums.php Read more about Red Deer River Watershed - Integrated Watershed Management Plan Workshops

Location

Quality Inn (formerly North Hill Inn)
7150 50th (Gaetz) Avenue
Red Deer , AB
Event

Red Deer River Watershed - Integrated Watershed Management Plan Workshops

Jan 25 2011 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Thanks again to those of you who were able to participate at the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance Community Forums in September and October. We shared information on the health of the watershed — water quality, water quantity, land use and biodiversity. If you want to learn more about those forums, go to: http://rdrwa.ca/forums.php Read more about Red Deer River Watershed - Integrated Watershed Management Plan Workshops

Location

West Country Seniors Centre
#4 - 101 2nd Avenue NW (next to the Arena)
Sundre , AB
Media Release

Green groups create huge visual to give Albertans a look at tailings cost of Total approval

Edmonton — The steps of the Provincial legislature were transformed today in an attempt to give Albertans an idea of the amount of tailings, French tar sands giant Total, will create in Alberta if Total’s new mine site is approved. Representative from Greenpeace, the Rainforest Action Network and Sierra Club Prairie set-up 60, 200 litre rain barrels which is what Total will dump into Alberta’s eco-system every 30 seconds with this project. Read more about Green groups create huge visual to give Albertans a look at tailings cost of Total approval

Media Release

New Study Links Tar Sands to Carcinogens

 

A new study led by University of Alberta ecologist Dr. David Schindler and published in the renowned Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences makes some alarming conclusions about the water near the tar sands. After monitoring 60 sites along the Athabasca River and its tributaries, Dr. Schindler concluded the tar sands have added carcinogenic toxins to the area environment.

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Media Release

Pembina reacts to study showing oil sands mines contribute heavy metals to the Athabasca River

Simon Dyer, Oil Sands Program Director at the Pembina Institute, responded to the release of the paper "Oil sands development contributes elements toxic at low concentrations to the Athabasca River and its tributaries," published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"This is the second peer-reviewed study that shows definitively that oil sands development is contributing to pollution of the Athabasca watershed. These studies clearly contradict the Government of Alberta claims that pollution in the Athabasca River is natural. Read more about Pembina reacts to study showing oil sands mines contribute heavy metals to the Athabasca River

Call for Delegates

Call for Delegates: Member, AWC Non-Point Source Pollution Working Group

Initiative: 
AWC Non-Point Source Pollution Working Group
Position: 
Member
Application Deadline: 
12 Apr 2010

The AEN has received a request from the Alberta Water Council (AWC) to identify two to three Non-Point Source Pollution Working Group. ENGO sector participants for a new working group:

Deadline to indicate interest is at noon Monday April 12, 2010.

Background

The Council, through its “Recommended Projects to Advance the Goal of Healthy Aquatic Ecosystems” recognized an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the contributions of non-point source pollution and the policies and tools that can minimize their impacts. Work in this area appears to align nicely with the Government of Alberta’s new direction to address impacts of all activities on the landscape through a cumulative effects management approach Read more about Call for Delegates: Member, AWC Non-Point Source Pollution Working Group

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