Water & Watershed Management


Unanimous passing of No New Oil Sands Approvals resolution at the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs Meeting

Keepers of the Athabasca

For Immediate Release
February 25th, 2008

Calgary - From Wednesday to Friday of last week, Treaty Chiefs representing the Treaties 6,7 and 8 nations of Alberta met and passed a resolution, unanimously, to support the calls for no new oil sands approvals until Treaty First Nations have approved a comprehensive watershed management plan and resource development plan for the region. Read more about Unanimous passing of No New Oil Sands Approvals resolution at the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs Meeting


Edmonton Urban Lake Survey

Life in the city can make us forget about our impact on the environment. With parking lots, sidewalks, manicured lawns, roads and stormwater collection systems forming an artificial landscape we may not recognize we're part of the natural world. The reality is our actions in the city have a direct impact on the environment, particularly stormwater and our urban lakes.

Urban Lake Living - Healthy Communities, Healthy Lakes is an exciting new initiative of the Federation of Alberta Naturalists. Read more about Edmonton Urban Lake Survey


Bow Riverkeeper Citizen's Toolkit & Webinars Online

Visit our new Citizens' Toolkit! It includes a wealth of information about water science and policy, including online presentations from experts.

Visit http://www.bowriverkeeper.org/toolkit to explore our Citizens' Toolkit and view online presentations.

Bow Riverkeeper, with the support of Alberta Ecotrust and Alberta Environmental Network, held three webinars (online workshops) over the last six months to build the capacity and knowledge of those interested and involved in Alberta's water issues.

The webinars explored three topics: shared governance in the watershed context, the basics of groundwater science and the knowledge gaps, and groundwater policy and regulation in Alberta and beyond. As well, you will find a compilation of useful resources on each topic for further developing your knowledge.

Experts presented each webinar and shared their knowledge and insight with participants. These presentations are now available online. Read more about Bow Riverkeeper Citizen's Toolkit & Webinars Online


Alberta Faces Key Licensing Decision

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A proposal before Alberta Environment would give the largest water licence holder in all of southern Alberta the role of water broker. While this proposal affects only one licence in a rural part of Alberta, the ramifications of its approval will affect the overall management and allocation of water across Alberta.

If the government approves this proposal, they will effectively be handing off important decision-making power to a private interest. This would open the door for other licence holders to "amend" their licences, potentially perpetuating a private water market in the province. It is time the government stepped in to find a solution that meets everyone's needs - not just those of the water licensees. Read more about Alberta Faces Key Licensing Decision


Join a Collective Call to Action! Prairie Citizens Water Directive

A 10 City Tour to Discuss the Sustainable Management of Water in the Prairie Provinces

From the Rocky Mountains to Lake Winnipeg, an expansive river network connects the Prairie Provinces. Increasingly, there are competing demands being placed on limited water resources across the region.

This fall, citizens from across the region will join together in a collective call for action! What are your expectations? What are your priorities? Come out and share as we embark in a regional dialogue that will connect the people of a region with a united message. Read more about Join a Collective Call to Action! Prairie Citizens Water Directive


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