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Auditor General Looks at the Management of Alberta's Water Supply

The Environmental Law Centre's Laura Bowman posts a brief on the Auditor General of Albera's recently released review of Alberta Environment's managment of the water supply.

Among other items, the Auditor General concluded in the April 2010 report that one of Alberta Environment’s weaknesses is compliance. It was noted that although there are many known cases of non-compliance with Water Act authorizations, these are not acted upon by approval authorities. The report also noted that without adequate monitoring of activities in the field, Environment cannot assess the level of non-compliance with Water Act authorizations. Read more »

Posted April 28, 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

Notice of Inquiry: Regulatory Process for Hydroelectric Power Generation Development

Deadline: 
7 May 2010 (All day)

On April 14, 2010, the Alberta Utilitilies Commission (AUC) published notice that it would be conducting an Inquiry into the "Regulatory Process for Hydroelectric Power Generation Development".The Environmental Law Centre has written about the inquiry in a post entitled "Who Gives a Dam About Hydro in Alberta?" Read more »

Posted April 23, 2010 by Anonymous

Call for Delegates: Member, Developing a Water for Life Partnership Strategy Working Group

Initiative: 
Developing a Water for Life Partnership Strategy Working Group
Position: 
Member
Application Deadline: 
12 Apr 2010 (All day)

The AEN has received a request from the Alberta Water Council (AWC) to identify two to three ENGO sector participants for a new working group: Developing a Water for Life Partnership Strategy.

Deadline to indicate interest is at noon Monday April 12, 2010.

Background

The Council recognized a need to improve communication, coordination, integration and cooperation between the Alberta Water Council and the other Water for Life partnerships – particularly the Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils and decided to create a Working Group to further examine the issue.

No firm project description exists – the purpose of the Working Group will be to develop a clear, concise, achievable project (ie. Develop a Terms of Reference)

The Working Group will not “do” the project, but will describe a project to be completed by a Project Team. Read more »

Posted April 1, 2010 by Anonymous

Call for Delegates: Member, AWC Non-Point Source Pollution Working Group

Initiative: 
AWC Non-Point Source Pollution Working Group
Position: 
Member
Application Deadline: 
12 Apr 2010 (All day)

The AEN has received a request from the Alberta Water Council (AWC) to identify two to three Non-Point Source Pollution Working Group. ENGO sector participants for a new working group:

Deadline to indicate interest is at noon Monday April 12, 2010.

Background

The Council, through its “Recommended Projects to Advance the Goal of Healthy Aquatic Ecosystems” recognized an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the contributions of non-point source pollution and the policies and tools that can minimize their impacts. Work in this area appears to align nicely with the Government of Alberta’s new direction to address impacts of all activities on the landscape through a cumulative effects management approach Read more »

Posted April 1, 2010 by Anonymous

'A River Runs Through It’ - Perspectives Panel on the South Saskatchewan River Basin

Mar 22 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
At last week’s SEAWA conference, Hydrologist Richard Clissold made it very clear with his statement “We’re in a desert here” in Medicine Hat and it’s getting drier every day. Water management is becoming an increasingly important issue in Alberta, particularly in the South Saskatchewan River Basin where we have seen extremely low flows with growing community and industrial demands.

Location

Medicine Hat College Theatre
Medicine Hat College
Medicine Hat, AB

Posted March 22, 2010 by Anonymous

H2O Action: 'Water as a Human Right' Workshop

Mar 22 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
At last week’s SEAWA conference, Hydrologist Richard Clissold made it very clear with his statement “We’re in a desert here” in Medicine Hat and it's getting drier every day. Water management is becoming an increasingly important issue in Alberta, particularly in the South Saskatchewan River Basin where we have seen extremely low flows with growing community and industrial demands.

Location

Medicine Hat College Theatre
Medicine Hat College
Medicine Hat, AB

Posted March 22, 2010 by Anonymous

World Water Issues Panel Discussion

Mar 25 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=374008926147 

This event will feature a panel discussion addressing international water issues. Panelists will explore topics around water rights with a focus on the global south. This will include looking at village water supplies in Kenya, water justice, initiatives to provide water filtration, and Nicaragua as a case study for understanding global water issues.

Panelists: Read more »

Location

Natural Resources Engineering Facility (NRE) 1003
University of Alberta (East of 116 Street, between 91 Avenue & 92 Avenue)
Edmonton, AB

Posted March 22, 2010 by Anonymous

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