Water & Watershed Management

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Provincial groundwater policy developments and initiatives: a sneak peek

Carlos Garcia reports on the recent Below Your Watershed — Understanding the Groundwater Connection conference in Medicine Hat.

"You need to understand it to manage it." This was a consistent theme of Below Your Watershed — Understanding the Groundwater Connection, a recent two-day conference held by the South East Alberta Watershed Alliance in Medicine Hat.

Read the full story at the Water Matters website. Read more about Provincial groundwater policy developments and initiatives: a sneak peek

Media Release

Water Transfers Require Due Process

Edmonton, AB – Last month a public notice appeared on the Alberta Environment website that indicated that the Eastern Irrigation District (EID) had proposed changes to the purpose of its water license from irrigation only to a variety of purposes including “municipal, agriculture, commercial, industrial, habitat enhancement and recreation.”

The Environmental Law Centre (ELC), upon considering the application and relevant legislation, found several issues that need attention and – for the first time in over 25 years of operation – issued a Statement of Concern to Alberta Environment. Read more about Water Transfers Require Due Process

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Province should protect watersheds from overdevelopment as the prospect of drought looms for the second year in a row

Report released today highlights the need for better land-use management to address water shortages and reduce water supply and treatment costs

Calgary — The only thing drying up faster than Alberta's water supply is government investment in preventing a long-term water crisis from crippling Alberta's economy and communities. Making the Connection: Water and Land in Alberta, a new report by Water Matters, an Alberta-based water policy organization, indicates that land-use planning processes must secure Alberta's water future by protecting landscapes from overdevelopment.

"The projections for the impacts of climate change and increasing levels of development on our Read more about Province should protect watersheds from overdevelopment as the prospect of drought looms for the second year in a row

Event

"Keeping the Athabasca" Citizens' Water Forum and Watershed Stewardship Workshop

Mar 3 2010 - 7:00am to Mar 6 2010 - 7:00am

Keeping the Athabasca: Water is Life… As Long as the Rivers Flow

A Citizens' Inquiry into the Monitoring, Management & Protection of our Athabasca Basin Watersheds, Surface & Ground Waters

Summary

The Keepers of the Athabasca and their cooperating partners invite you to participate in our March 03 -06 "Keeping the Water : Water is Life...As Long as the Rivers Flow..." Gathering , a free citizens'  forum and stewardship workshop examining the management, monitoring and protection of  our Athabasca Basin watersheds and surface and ground waters. These Athabasca meetings are part of an ongoing series of community groundwater and watershed forums held in  Athabasca Basin communities this winter. Together with Crooked Creek Conservancy, Safe Drinking Water Foundation, Athabasca University and Science Outreach Athabasca, the Keepers of the Athabasca are hosting three days of water educational meetings here at Athabasca. These events are to be held at several Athabasca Town venues. More detailed information will be posted at the Keepers of the Water website and that of the Safe Drinking Water Foundation (SDWF). Read more about "Keeping the Athabasca" Citizens' Water Forum and Watershed Stewardship Workshop

Location

Various locations
Athabasca , AB
Media Release

Athabasca River at Risk

Despite good progress by a multi-stakeholder group in understanding issues around Athabasca River water withdrawals, Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is concerned there will still not be protective water rules for low winter flows. AWA believes oilsands mine river withdrawals must cease during low winter flows. Read more about Athabasca River at Risk

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YEP Calgary Speaker Event: Securing Source Water Protection in Southern Alberta

Feb 11 2010 - 12:30am

Joe Obad from Water Matters will be speaking about his report on securing source water protection in southern Alberta

  • Deville's in Arts Central (SE corner of second level - 100 7th Ave SW)
  • Doors open at 5:30 p.m., speaker starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Socializing & Networking 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm     

Event is free for members $5 for non-members. A lifetime YEP Membership is $30 and can be purchased at the door. Read more about YEP Calgary Speaker Event: Securing Source Water Protection in Southern Alberta

Location

Deville's in Arts Central
100 7 Avenue SW (SE corner of second level)
Calgary , AB
Story

New Publication: Consistency and Accountability in Implementing Watershed Plans in Alberta

The Environmental Law Centre's Consistency and Accountability in Implementing Watershed Plans in Alberta: A jurisdictional review and recommendations for reform is a jurisdictional review focused on comparing law and policy approaches to implementation of collaboratively produced and approved watershed management plans. The review identifies central issues that must be dealt with in a policy framework for implementation of plans.

This publication can be downloaded for free from the Materials Available to Download section of the ELC website. Read more about New Publication: Consistency and Accountability in Implementing Watershed Plans in Alberta

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NSWA Society Members Meeting

Feb 27 2010 - 4:00pm to 10:30pm
Who's invited: All members of the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance Society 

Website: http://nswa.ab.ca/civicrm/event/info?id=2&reset=1

The health of every community, whether rural or urban, small or large, depends on the health of the watershed in which it resides. The work of the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance centers around the North Saskatchewan River and its watershed, meaning all the lakes and streams that flow into it.  Read more about NSWA Society Members Meeting

Location

The King's University College
9125 50 Street
Edmonton , AB
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Licencing and Allocating Water in Alberta — A Discussion Forum

Jan 22 2010 - 4:00pm to 10:00pm

Hosted by the Legislation and Policy Committee of the BRBC

Featuring:

  • Bev Yee (Alberta Environment)
  • David Hill (Alberta Water Research Institute)
  • Danielle Droitsch (Water Matters)
  • Jim Webber (Western Irrigation District)

Please RSVP to Mike Murray: [email protected] Read more about Licencing and Allocating Water in Alberta — A Discussion Forum

Location

Cochrane RancheHouse
101 RancheHouse Road
Cochrane , AB
Media Release

Southern Alberta’s Water Security at Stake in New Land-Use Plan

Report says clear landscape targets are 'key' to securing water protection in southern Alberta

Calgary — As a series of public meetings kick off today in Calgary and Vulcan addressing land-use in Southern Alberta, many Albertans may be surprised to learn that water security is at stake in the planning process. That's the overarching theme of Source of Opportunity: A Blueprint for Securing Source Water in Southern Alberta, a report released today investigating the potential of South Saskatchewan Regional land use plan to protect water. Read more about Southern Alberta’s Water Security at Stake in New Land-Use Plan

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