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Alberta Faces Key Licensing Decision

Bow Riverkeeper

For more information, see website:
http://www.bowriverkeeper.org/eid

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

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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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Upcoming Oil Sands Events

Pembina Institute

I would like to highlight a few very important events that will be taking place in the oil sands realm. The Pembina Institute will be celebrating the end of their "Connecting the Drops" Athabasca River expedition in coordination with a rally organized by the First Nations communities of Fort Chipewyan on August 14th in Fort Chipewyan. The event will highlight the health and environmental concerns they currently hold in their region. All are encouraged to attend, please see the attached poster by George Poitras to obtain more information about this important event. Feel free to contact myself or George for further information on the rally. Speakers at this event will include Dr. O'Connor, Dr. Schindler, Melanie Nakagawa (NRDC), Don VanHout (expedition leader), Dan Woynillowicz (Pembina Institute), as well as Chiefs and Elders from the community. Read more about Upcoming Oil Sands Events

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Bow River News - Jun 6th, 2007

Bow Riverkeeper

1. Join us for a Free Webinar on Groundwater, June 21st

The Water Beneath Us: State of the Science and Information in Alberta, June 21, 2007 at 3 pm: The public is growing increasingly concerned about impacts to groundwater and many feel that actions should be taken today to protect groundwater resources into the future. It is often said that we don't know much about groundwater and that much more data needs to be collected. What do we know about groundwater? What is the state of the science of groundwater in Alberta? How can we can make informed decisions? Read more about Bow River News - Jun 6th, 2007

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Bow River News - May 15th, 2007

1. Support Bow Riverkeeper and watch the WATERWALKER Film Festival!

Support Bow Riverkeeper and have fun watching a collection of the best canoeing, kayaking, and environmental films of the year! On Friday, May 18th at Mount Royal College in Jenkins Theatre, starting at 7:00 pm, the WATERWALKER Film Festival will be shown in Calgary for one night only! Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. They are available in person at Undercurrents or by phone at 262-GEAR. There is a "Will Call" at the door. All proceeds will benefit Bow Riverkeeper. Read more about Bow River News - May 15th, 2007

Branches and Banks 2007 Tree Plant and Watershed Awareness Festival

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Branches and Banks Environmental FoundationCochrane Environmental Action CommitteeBranches and Banks is getting geared up for our 2007 tree plant and river/creek clean up again for this spring. We are changing things up a little bit this year with the organization of a whole day event – on June 2nd for Environment Week (Wetlands Awareness is the theme this year).

Athabasca River Basin Stewardship Conference & AEN Annual General Meeting

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A bioregional gathering of all friends of the Athabasca River Basin from Jasper through Ft. Chipewyan and beyond. The conference will offer an exciting opportunity to support and strengthen existing groups and build new ones as we build and launch a coalition focusing on the protection of the Athabasca River.The weekend will include plenaries and panel discussions on water management in the province and for the Athabasca specifically. Speakers currently include: Dr. David Schindler, Dr. John O'Connor, Andrew Nikiforuk, and many more.The Alberta Environmental Network Annual General Meeting and Spring Caucus Meetings will be held in conjunction with the conference. Caucuses include:

  • Clean Air & Energy;
  • Toxics & Waste Avoidance;
  • Forests & Wilderness;
  • Water;
  • Agriculture;
  • Parks;
  • Electricity Working Group; and
  • Oil Sands Strategy Working Group.

Joint registration for the conference and AEN meetings is available. Conference ScheduleDownload Conference Program (pdf) Registration Information

Free Webinar: Shared Governance in the Watershed Context

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Bow RiverkeeperAlberta's Water for Life strategy contemplates its implementation to occur through "shared governance" among government, industry, and the public. But we have yet to define exactly how "shared governance" would be implemented. Bow Riverkeeper's first online workshop will be dedicated to this issue. University of Calgary professors, Mary-Ellen Tyler and Mike Quinn, and our very own Danielle Droitsch will share their thoughts about shared governance in the watershed context.

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Bow River News - Apr 23rd, 2007

Bow Riverkeeper

1. Drumheller says no to supplying water to the Balzac development

A controversial proposal to pipe water from the Red Deer to a development in the Bow River basin has run into a major stumbling block. On April 3, 2007, Town of Drumheller Council denied Municipal District of Rocky View's request to use Drumheller's water intake structure and works to withdraw water from the Red Deer River that would supply the United Horsemen's new development near Balzac, a few miles north of Calgary. The vote was unanimous.

Read more: http://www.bowriverkeeper.org/node/121 Read more about Bow River News - Apr 23rd, 2007

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Alberta's War on Pine Beetles - Using a Sledgehammer to Crack a Nut

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: April 12, 2007

The implications of the impending outbreak of mountain pine beetle (MPB) in Alberta look to be profound, but knee-jerk attempts to deal with the problem - or to be seen to deal with the problem - will likely do more damage than the beetles themselves. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) believes that measures to deal with the MPB outbreak must be led by the best available science. Read more about Alberta's War on Pine Beetles - Using a Sledgehammer to Crack a Nut

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