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Why Water Matters: Annual Report 2009

Water Matters has posted their 2009 Annual Report — Why Water Matters.

Why Water Matters CoverAs Albertans, we are so used to clean water flowing from our taps that it is easy to forget how much we depend on it. Though we are solid to the touch, 60 per cent of our bodies are made of water. All plant and animal life could not survive without this simple molecule, and neither could Alberta's most important economic drivers, including agriculture and the oil sands.

 

In Why Water Matters, our 2009 annual report, we provide highlights of Water Matters' work in 2009 and revisit the fundamental motivations behind what we do. Learn why water matters to us — and why it should matter to you too!

Visit Water Matters to download the report

Posted May 14, 2010 by Anonymous

New water policy tool

The good folks over at Water Matters point us towards a new resource for those working on or interested in water policy in Canada. The Living Water Policy Project aims to: Read more »

Posted May 10, 2010 by Anonymous

Interview with Danielle Droitsch

Prior to her move back to Washington, D.C., Danielle Droitsch was Executive Director of Water Matters and Chair of the AEN Water Caucus. She has recently been named as the Pembina Institute's Director of U.S. Policy. Water Matters asked Danielle to reflect on her time in Alberta.

Read the interview on the Water Matters website.

Read Danielle's farewell remarks from the Alberta Ecotrust AGM. Read more »

Posted April 27, 2010 by Anonymous

Making the Connection: Water and Land in Alberta

Water Matters has released a new report entitled "Making the Connection: Water and Land in Alberta".

In Alberta, 90,000 square kilometres of forests safeguard the upper reaches of the Athabasca and Saskatchewan River systems, and more than 100,000 square kilometres of wetlands store and filter water over 18 per cent of the province. Making the Connection: Water and Land in Alberta, a new report by Water Matters, concludes that the Alberta government must protect these and other watershed resources to prevent a water crisis in the province in the coming decades. This is the easiest, most effective and least costly way to maintain healthy ecosystems and the benefits they provide including clean, abundant drinking water, sustainable fisheries, and water for agriculture and other industrial uses. The best part? It will also save taxpayers billions of dollars over the long term.

Download the report from the Water Matters website. Read more »

Posted April 27, 2010 by Anonymous

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 »

Posted April 27, 2010 by Anonymous

Oil sands regulator does not enforce toxic tailings rules


Syncrude is given a pass to delay liquid tailings clean up

23 Apr 2010

One day after Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach announced he would "force an end to tailings ponds," Alberta's oil sands regulator, the Alberta Energy and Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), has approved plans for Syncrude that do not comply with Alberta's Directive 074 and would delay implementation of liquid tailings clean up by the oil sands company. Read more »

Posted April 23, 2010 by Anonymous

Albertans, not industry, will pay for lost wetlands — leaked policy document

21 Apr 2010

CALGARY — A leaked draft wetlands policy appears to betray the finding of a consensus of stakeholders invited by Alberta Environment to develop wetlands policy recommendations.

Posted April 21, 2010 by Anonymous

The Story of Water: How Albertans can help solve the World’s water crisis

Mar 21 2010 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm

World Water Week reminds people that clean water is quickly becoming scarce. Approximately one billion people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.4 billion people lack water for adequate sanitation (see http://www.unesco.org/water/wwap/facts_figures/mdgs.shtml). Almost half of the World’s population faces water scarcity (http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/environ.shtml). Read more »

Location

Plaza Theatre
1133 Kensington Road NW
Calgary, AB

Posted March 19, 2010 by Anonymous

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

12 Mar 2010
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.

Posted March 12, 2010 by Anonymous

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

Feb 10 2010 - 5:30pm

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 »

Location

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

Posted February 4, 2010 by Anonymous

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