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Media Release

Oil and Gas Development Transforming North American Landscapes

Accelerated drilling activity is transforming significant portions of North America's natural landscapes. University of Montana scientists recently released the first broad-scale evaluation of oil and gas industry impacts on landscapes across the U.S. and Canada, including Alberta.

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is renewing its call for development limits in sensitive forest and grassland ecosystems and for expanded protected areas networks. Read more about Oil and Gas Development Transforming North American Landscapes

Event

Water for Tomorrow — An All-Party Candidates Forum on Water Issues

May 1 2015 - 1:00am to 3:00am

Many Albertans have engaged  recently in a number of important water issues. Ensuring our source water security, as well as drought and flood risk management, has become vitally important to each one of us. AWA believes there is both a need and high interest to discuss Alberta water resources policy and decision making. Join us for this panel discussion and hear candidates from major provincial political parties share their views about 'water for tomorrow'.

Candidates confirmed to represent their parties are the following: Read more about Water for Tomorrow — An All-Party Candidates Forum on Water Issues

Location

Alberta Wilderness Association
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB
Funding Opportunity

Alberta Ecotrust Community Grants

Deadline: 
4 May 2015

The heart of Alberta Ecotrust’s work is supporting the people and projects that effectively address Alberta’s most pressing environmental issues. We accomplish this primarily by making grants to enable Alberta environmental non-governmental organizations to more effectively deliver programs, projects, and results that advance their environmental missions within our issue priorities.

Alberta Ecotrust presently has three grant streams: Community Grants, Major Projects, and Collective Action Grants. For the year 2015 we will be accepting applications for Community Grants and Major Projects only. Applications for Community Grants will accepted in the spring with a deadline of May 4th. We will be accepting Letters of Intent for Major Projects in August.

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Call for Delegates

Call for Delegates: Alberta Energy Regulator Multi-stakeholder Engagement Advisory Committee

Initiative: 
Multi-stakeholder Engagement Advisory Committee (MSEAC)
Position: 
Member & Alternate Delegate
Application Deadline: 
8 Apr 2015

Purpose

The AER Multi-stakeholder Engagement Advisory Committee (MSEAC) has been established by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) as a venue to receive information about and understand and verify the values, perspectives and interests of AER stakeholders in the context of regulatory changes. The MSEAC is not a formal board or AER committee. Its objective is to serve as a sounding board for the planning, implementation and evaluation of AER engagement related to regulatory development.  Read more about Call for Delegates: Alberta Energy Regulator Multi-stakeholder Engagement Advisory Committee

Funding Opportunity

Watershed Stewardship Grants

Deadline: 
17 Apr 2015

From the Land Stewardship Centre website:

WSG applications are NOW being accepted. Get your application form here >>

New for 2015

In addition to the regular WSG funding, for 2015, Land Stewardship Centre, in partnership with the Education and Outreach division of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, is offering a new grant stream under the current Watershed Stewardship Grant (WSG) Program to fund wetland-specific projects in support of the Wetland Policy. Grants up to $10,000 will be issued in 2015 to eligible groups on a per-project basis. Get the wetland grant application form here >>

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Media Release

Alberta Government chooses oil over water: new rules bow to corporate interests

Coalition of groups slam release of pro-industry water usage rules for the oil sands industry

VANCOUVER, March 13, 2015 /CNW/ - Today SumOfUs.org, Keepers of the Athabasca, Environmental Defence Canada and the Natural Resources Defense Council criticized the Alberta government for its decision to adopt weak new environmental regulations governing water usage in the oil sands industry today. The long-awaited Surface Water Quantity Framework (SWQF) and Tailings Management Framework set guidelines on how much water oil sands companies can extract from the Athabasca River, and guidelines regarding the management and production of toxic tailings waste. Read more about Alberta Government chooses oil over water: new rules bow to corporate interests

Media Release

Government plan fails to protect lower Athabasca River when most needed

New water management framework leaves river exposed to unacceptable risk

EDMONTON — The lower Athabasca River will continue to be exposed to significant risks under the Surface Water Quantity Management Framework for the Lower Athabasca River released today by the Governments of Alberta and Canada. Read more about Government plan fails to protect lower Athabasca River when most needed

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