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Our Place in the Headwaters – Managing the Commons

Nov 5 2008 - 6:00pm - Nov 6 2008 - 4:30pm

Registration is open! Workshop registration is at

Our Place in the Headwaters – Managing the Commons, November 5-6, 2008, will be of interest to decision-makers and planners in municipal and provincial governments, Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACS), Watershed Stewardship Groups, industry, and non-profit organizations.

This unique workshop will focus on management options for the headwaters of the North and South Saskatchewan watersheds. We will examine management challenges and solutions, while maximizing interactions and application of ideas. An important element of the workshop will be the development of a Legacy Committee to follow up on key ideas and actions arising from the workshop.

Dr. Henry Vaux of the Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy will be the Wednesday November 5 evening keynote speaker. Dr. Vaux is an internationally recognized expert, and his presentation, “Source Water Protection Successes and Failures around the World,” will launch the workshop with an opportunity to meet colleagues and friends over a fine meal at the Cochrane Ranche House, Cochrane, Alberta.

On Thursday November 6, the workshop program will focus on the following:

A. Understanding...

  • the headwaters of the Eastern Slopes
  • human impacts on the headwaters
  • climate and the headwaters

B. Exploring management options, with a distinguished panel featuring

  • Hon. Ted Morton, Dr. Henry Vaux, Brian Pincott and Dr. Lorne Taylor

We believe you will find this workshop a vital resource as you face decisions and challenges related to our headwaters. We would be very pleased to have you participate. To register, go to Fees for the workshop are significantly subsidized by the organizing groups and the generous support of the Calgary Foundation and other sponsors.

Workshop registration is at

Our Place in the Headwaters – Managing the Commons


Nov. 5, 2008 Evening Dinner

Dr. Henry Vaux, Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy
Source Water Protection Successes and Failures around the World

Nov. 6, 2008 Workshop Day

9:00 Welcome

Understanding the Headwaters of the Eastern Slopes

9:10 – 9:40 Dr. John Pomeroy, University of Saskatchewan
Headwaters hydrology

9:40 – 10:10 Dr. Uldis Silins, University of Alberta
Forestry land use, fire, pine beetle

10:10 – 10:30 Discussion
10:30 – 10:45 Break

Understanding Human Impacts on the Headwaters

10:45 – 11:15 Dr. Cathy Ryan, University of Calgary
Alluvial aquifers and land-use issues

11:15 – 11:45 Dr. Brad Stelfox, FOREM Technologies – Eastern Slopes
Land-use and water, cumulative effects

11:45 – 12:05 Discussion
12:05 – 1:00 Lunch

Understanding the Climate and the Headwaters

1:00 – 2:00 Dr. Dave Sauchyn and Bob Sandford, Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative
Climate Change

2:00 – 2:15 Break

Exploring Management Options

2:15 – 4:30 Distinguished Water Policy Panel
Dialogue on Policy and Management Actions

  • Hon. Ted Morton, Alberta Minister of Sustainable Resource Development
  • Brian Pincott, Alderman, City of Calgary
  • Dr. Henry Vaux, Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy
  • Dr. Lorne Taylor, Alberta Water Research Institute

For further information, please contact Carolyn Campbell at Alberta Wilderness Association, awa [dot] cc [at] shaw [dot] ca, 1-866-313-0713 or 403-283-2025. Mailing address: Box 6398 Station D, Calgary, AB T2P 2E1. Workshop registration is at


Cochrane Ranche House
Cochrane, AB

Posted October 23, 2008 by Anonymous

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