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Event

Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance 1st Annual General Meeting

Mar 18 2011 - 4:00pm

At this meeting, the Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance will officially be formed with the election of a Board of Directors. The Board will subsequently submit a request to the Government of Alberta to become the Watershed Planning and Advisory Council for this region as per the Water for Life strategy. Read more about Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance 1st Annual General Meeting

Location

Belle Petroleum Centre
9403 94 Street
Peace River
Story

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?
Read more about Monitoring on the Mind
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
Media Release

Matters and others appeal to the EAB to turn down precedent setting transfer on the Bow

Water licence change threatens Bow River: Approval would grant irrigation district power to assign industrial water rights

CALGARY — Ecojustice is appealing recent amendments to the Eastern Irrigation District (EID) water licence that would give the District power to function as a water broker and supplier without accountability to the environmental health of the region’s water quality and ecosystems.

Ecojustice filed the appeals with the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board on behalf of Water Matters, the Alberta Wilderness Association, Trout Unlimited Canada and three individuals. Read more about Matters and others appeal to the EAB to turn down precedent setting transfer on the Bow

Media Release

Sierra Club Canada Response to Royal Society of Canada Report

Edmonton - The Royal Society of Canada report on the tar sands validates the concerns of Sierra Club Canada in calling for improved environmental assessment, enforcement of regulations, studies of impacts on ground and surface water  and monitoring of health impacts.

"Repeated throughout the report is a call for more study of the impacts and greater access to information," said John Bennett. Read more about Sierra Club Canada Response to Royal Society of Canada Report

Media Release

Tailings regulations all bark, no bite

ERCB says it can exempt oilsands operators from meeting its regulations

CALGARY — The Energy Resources Conservation Board has declared it has the power to exempt oilsands operators from meeting its regulatory standards, a move environmental groups say is indicative of the board’s toothless tailings pond management.

The ERCB’s declaration came in response to a review application submitted in August by Ecojustice, on behalf of the Pembina Institute and Water Matters. Read more about Tailings regulations all bark, no bite

Event

CPAWS Northern Alberta AGM & Celebration

Nov 3 2010 - 12:00am to 3:00am

CPAWS Northern Alberta is 42 — Come celebrate at our AGM!

Celebrate with us — Event is free and all are welcome.  Come for all or part. Read more about CPAWS Northern Alberta AGM & Celebration

Location

trathcona Branch, Edmonton Public Library
8331 104 Street
Edmonton , AB
Media Release

New report outlines path for federal government to reduce oilsands impacts

All federal leaders say more must be done; report outlines Ottawa’s duties under existing federal laws

OTTAWA, ON — Three of Canada's leading environmental organizations released a new report today detailing how federal laws should be enforced to reduce the negative environmental and economic impacts of oilsands activity. The report follows the federal government's recent acknowledgement, in striking a panel to review pollution in the Athabasca River, of the need for Ottawa to play a greater role in the oilsands. Read more about New report outlines path for federal government to reduce oilsands impacts

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