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What are your thoughts on a "renewed" Water for Life strategy for Alberta?

At the request of Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner, the Alberta Water Council - a multi-stakeholder, consensus-based organization representing all interests in water management and use in Alberta - is developing recommendations on the renewal of the provincial water strategy, Water of Life. The renewal is part of the Premier's Mandate letter to Minister Renner, and a priority for Government. Now Alberta Water Council is asking for your voice in the process.

Water for Life is a strategy that was developed between 2001 and 2003 through public consultation to shift how Albertans use the provinces water. The government released the strategy in late 2003 and soon after began working to implement the strategy in partnership with water-using sectors and the Alberta public. Periodic reviews of implementation progress by the Alberta Water Council make evident that implementation has progressed in a number of areas but has failed to meet short-term targets in others.

To have your say on where Water for Life has succeeded and where it requires renewed emphasis, prioritization, and attention to emerging issues, please follow the link below. The Alberta Water Council is seeking input from all water-using sectors and the public for their view on how Water for Life should be "renewed". The deadline for written or workbook submissions is August 24, 2007.

Bow Riverkeeper, as Chair of AEN Water Caucus and member of Alberta Water Council, is developing its set of recommendations. If you are interested in signing on to our recommendations or having input to them, please let use know.

Following this consultation the Alberta Water Council will collate the responses and develop and present recommendations to Minister Renner in early 2008, prior to next year’s budget. Please present your view to influence these recommendations.

We apologize for any cross-posting.

Thank you,
Meghan Beveridge and Danielle Droitsch

Posted July 18, 2007 by Anonymous

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