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Event

Aboriginal Peoples and the Future of Water Management in Alberta

Jun 10 2010 - 3:00pm to Jun 11 2010 - 10:30pm

This public legal education conference is designed to take a look at asserted Aboriginal and treaty rights/responsibilities in relation to water and to discuss how these rights may fit into the current statutory regime in Alberta. The objective is to enhance the capacity of all parties to participate meaningfully in the ongoing review of the water management and allocation system. Various experts will be invited to present their views on Aboriginal perspectives on water, the existence and scope of Aboriginal rights to water, ways in which these rights currently are and could be accommodated in the regulatory regime pertaining to water, the issue of safe drinking water on reserve, and transboundary water issues.

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Location

Grant MacEwan University, Robbins Health Learning Centre
10910 104 Avenue
Edmonton , AB
Media Release

Water Matters Flowing Forward from Strong Foundation

Board Announces New Executive Director and a Special Advisor on Water Policy

Canmore - The Board of the Water Matters Society of Alberta is delighted to announce the appointment of Carole Stark as the new Executive Director and Dr. Bill Donahue as Special Advisor on Water Policy.

"With Carole's excellent managerial and environmental skills and the ability to draw on Bill's scientific and legal expertise, Water Matters is in a very strong position to develop its work in protecting Alberta's watersheds," says Jason Unger, Chair of Board of Water Matters. Read more about Water Matters Flowing Forward from Strong Foundation

Event

"Meet & Mingle" with Environment Minister Ron Rennie

Jun 4 2010 - 12:30am to 2:30am

Water Matters invites you join us for our annual meet and mingle!


Please join the board and staff of Water Matters for our annual wine and hors d'oeuvres “Meet and Mingle.” This year we are excited to introduce our soon-to-be-announced new Executive Director and new Special Advisor on Water Policy. In addition to these two introductions, we also look forward to hearing from our guest speaker, the Honourable Rob Renner, Minister of the Environment, who will discuss Alberta’s direction for watersheds, water allocation and the role of public participation. Read more about "Meet & Mingle" with Environment Minister Ron Rennie

Location

Room 201, Kahanoff Centre
1202 Centre Street SE
Calgary , AB
Story

Why Water Matters: Annual Report 2009

Water Matters has posted their 2009 Annual Report — Why Water Matters.

Why Water Matters CoverAs Albertans, we are so used to clean water flowing from our taps that it is easy to forget how much we depend on it. Though we are solid to the touch, 60 per cent of our bodies are made of water. All plant and animal life could not survive without this simple molecule, and neither could Alberta's most important economic drivers, including agriculture and the oil sands.

 

In Why Water Matters, our 2009 annual report, we provide highlights of Water Matters' work in 2009 and revisit the fundamental motivations behind what we do. Learn why water matters to us — and why it should matter to you too!

Visit Water Matters to download the report Read more about Why Water Matters: Annual Report 2009

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Auditor General Looks at the Management of Alberta's Water Supply

The Environmental Law Centre's Laura Bowman posts a brief on the Auditor General of Albera's recently released review of Alberta Environment's managment of the water supply.

Among other items, the Auditor General concluded in the April 2010 report that one of Alberta Environment’s weaknesses is compliance. It was noted that although there are many known cases of non-compliance with Water Act authorizations, these are not acted upon by approval authorities. The report also noted that without adequate monitoring of activities in the field, Environment cannot assess the level of non-compliance with Water Act authorizations.
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Interview with Danielle Droitsch

Prior to her move back to Washington, D.C., Danielle Droitsch was Executive Director of Water Matters and Chair of the AEN Water Caucus. She has recently been named as the Pembina Institute's Director of U.S. Policy. Water Matters asked Danielle to reflect on her time in Alberta.

Read the interview on the Water Matters website.

Read Danielle's farewell remarks from the Alberta Ecotrust AGM. Read more about Interview with Danielle Droitsch

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Making the Connection: Water and Land in Alberta

Water Matters has released a new report entitled "Making the Connection: Water and Land in Alberta".

In Alberta, 90,000 square kilometres of forests safeguard the upper reaches of the Athabasca and Saskatchewan River systems, and more than 100,000 square kilometres of wetlands store and filter water over 18 per cent of the province. Making the Connection: Water and Land in Alberta, a new report by Water Matters, concludes that the Alberta government must protect these and other watershed resources to prevent a water crisis in the province in the coming decades. This is the easiest, most effective and least costly way to maintain healthy ecosystems and the benefits they provide including clean, abundant drinking water, sustainable fisheries, and water for agriculture and other industrial uses. The best part? It will also save taxpayers billions of dollars over the long term.

Download the report from the Water Matters website. Read more about Making the Connection: Water and Land in Alberta

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