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Call for Delegates

Call for Delegate: Water for Life Implementation Review Committee

Initiative: 
Water for Life Implementation Review Committee
Position: 
ENGO Sector Member
Application Deadline: 
14 Feb 2019

One of the Alberta Water Council (AWC)’s primary goals is to periodically review and provide advice on the implementation progress of Water for Life. The AWC has achieved this through the work of a  standing committee, which convenes every few years to review progress and provide strategic,  directional advice to AWC members. Since 2008, the committee has operated under a standing Terms  of Reference and companion “how-to” guide (see below). Five reviews have been completed to date  with the last review covering 2012 to 2015. Read more about Call for Delegate: Water for Life Implementation Review Committee

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New Report—Future flows : climate resilience, environmental flows and Alberta's water law

The Environmental Law Centre has published a new report—Future flows : climate resilience, environmental flows and Alberta's water law—  calling for a "rethinking of water law and policy in Alberta"

Future flows highlights some of the challenges faced in managing for instream flow needs and assesses the current law and policy framework for its ability to manage flows in a precautionary and adaptive manner.

To learn more, read the highlights of the report on the ELC blog, or download the full report.

The ELC is also hosting a webinar "Future flows: Water law and policy in Alberta for a sustainable future" on February 20 at 12 noon.

Register

  Read more about New Report—Future flows : climate resilience, environmental flows and Alberta's water law

Media Releases & Op-eds

Redwater decision reassuring, but we aren’t out of the woods

Pembina Institute reacts to the Supreme Court of Canada’s Redwater decision

CALGARY – JODI MCNEILL, analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's Decision on the Redwater legal case:

"The Supreme Court of Canada has prioritized paying clean up costs before creditors when extractive companies go bankrupt. This outcome reinforces the growing understanding that polluters are responsible for their clean up obligations. Read more about Redwater decision reassuring, but we aren’t out of the woods

Event

World Water Day YEG 2019

Mar 22 2019 - 4:30pm to 8:30pm

From World Water Day YEG:

Join us for an exciting evening to meet and network with inspired water collaborators, learn about local water initiatives in the province of Alberta, and listen to forward-thinking solutions on freshwater issues. Water is essential for life, and is the single most important resource on the planet. World Water Day YEG will feature: Read more about World Water Day YEG 2019

Location

NAIT Shaw Theatre
11762 106 Street NW
T5G 2R1 Edmonton , AB
Event

Forum: Groundwater — Our Hidden Water Resource

Feb 27 2019 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

From the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance:

After our last educational forum, we asked you what topics we should focus on next, and groundwater was one of the top three requests. So, our first NSWA forum of 2019 will be held on Wednesday, February 27 at Clymont Hall in Parkland County and the topic is “Groundwater – Our Hidden Water Resource”. Read more about Forum: Groundwater — Our Hidden Water Resource

Location

Clymont Community Hall
1- 51423 Highway 60
T7Y 1C3 Spruce Grove , AB
Job Posting

Job Opportunity: Workshop Coordinator, Keepers of the Athabasca

Position: 
Workshop Coordinator
Application Deadline: 
10 Feb 2019
Location: 
Northern Alberta (flexible)

Duration: 6-month part-time contract (30 hours per week) with 3-month probationary period, and possibility of contract renewal and more hours.

Keepers of the Athabasca Watershed Society are First Nations, Métis, Inuit, environmental groups and watershed citizens working together for the protection of water, land and air for all living things in the Athabasca River watershed. We are guided by both Indigenous Elders’ traditional knowledge and western science.  Read more about Job Opportunity: Workshop Coordinator, Keepers of the Athabasca

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RDRWA Fall Forum: Watershed Health

Nov 1 2018 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Rob de Pruis, Director, Consumer and Industry Relations from the Insurance Bureau of Canada will be talking about their work to protect natural and green infrastructure.

Matt Dow, Policy Analyst at Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) will be highlighting changes to the Municipal Government Act and the new Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework. He will introduce their new ICF toolkit and how it can be used for watershed planning within a municipality. Read more about RDRWA Fall Forum: Watershed Health

Location

Strategis Multipurpose Room, NexSource Centre
4823 49 Avenue
Sylvan Lake , AB
Media Releases & Op-eds

Canada must assess toxicity of tailings pond chemicals, enviro groups argue

CALGARY – Environmental groups say the Government of Canada is failing to meet its legal responsibilities by exempting tailings pond chemicals from a recent screening assessment.

In a comment letter sent to Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada on behalf of Environmental Defence and Keepers of the Athabasca on Oct. 17, Ecojustice lawyers called on the government to reconsider naphthenic acids from oil sands process-affected water in assessing whether these chemicals should be regulated under law. Read more about Canada must assess toxicity of tailings pond chemicals, enviro groups argue

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Riparian Health in the NSR Watershed - From Policy to Planting

Oct 25 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

A riparian area is defined as the strip of moisture-loving vegetation growing along the edge of a natural water body. A riparian management zone usually extends from the water’s edge to the upland area.

What progress has been made to protect and improve riparian areas in the North Saskatchewan River watershed? Read more about Riparian Health in the NSR Watershed - From Policy to Planting

Location

Clymont Community League
#1 51424 Highway 60
T7Y 1C3 Spruce Grove , AB

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