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Democratizing our Prairie Waters

New coalition asks public, in a series of 10 regional forums, what they expect from governments to protect prairie waters

September 27, 2007 

Lethbridge – This week a new coalition of environmental groups is seeking to hear citizens' expectations for water management by hosting 10 public forums across the Prairie Provinces.

Made up of the Sierra Club of Canada — Prairie Chapter, Manitoba EcoNetwork, Saskatchewan Environmental Society, and Bow Riverkeeper, the Prairie Water Coalition came together under recognition that an expansive river network that provides water to communities, farms, industries and ecosystems connects the Prairie Provinces. The groups point to the need for more cross-border collaboration and cooperation to protect the regions vital waters. Read more »

Posted September 28, 2007 by Anonymous

Comments on Water for Life Strategy renewal and the proposed Species at Risk Act Recovery Strategy for the Burrowing Owl

The Environmental Law Centre's (ELC) mission is to ensure that laws, policies, and legal processes protect the environment. In pursuit of this mission the ELC regularly provides comments and recommendations to government and administrative bodies in relation to law and policy development. These comments can be found on the ELC website at

The ELC has recently commented on the renewal of the Alberta Water for Life strategy and the proposed Recovery Strategy for the Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) under the federal Species at Risk Act. Read more »

Posted September 7, 2007 by Anonymous

Water Here, Water There: Can we protect watersheds in the face of future demands in Alberta and beyond?

Free Public Forum and Book Launch of Eau CanadaEsso Theatre, Calgary ZooMonday, September 17, 2007, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.Hosted by the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation and Bow Riverkeeper Read more »

Fort Chipewyan: A Sacrifice Zone?

Alberta's oldest, continuously inhabited community, on the outskirts of Canada's largest national park, amidst one of the world's largest inland freshwater delta's (Peace-Athabasca Delta), and home to the Indigenous people who have inhabited these lands since time immemorial, is under direct assault by unfettered Oilsands development. Read more »

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. Read more »

Posted July 18, 2007 by Anonymous

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.

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Posted April 24, 2007 by Anonymous

Responsible Land Use and Water Management in Alberta: A Rally to Demand Sustainable Land and Water Use


When: April 13, 2007 Noon sharpWhere: McDougall Centre (455 ­6th St. SW)Featuring: Read more »

Bow River News - Mar 20th, 2007

1. Piping Water Between River Basins: A Growing Controversy

Despite its location in the Bow River basin, a development already under construction is seeking water from the Red Deer River. Without a plan for water supply, developers for United Horseman of Alberta are already constructing a racetrack and entertainment centre near the Hamlet of Balzac, Alberta. Plans were publicly announced in January 2006 and development began soon after assuming water supply approvals would soon follow.

Posted March 19, 2007 by Anonymous

Act Now To Protect The Bow River And Protected Areas In The Bow Valley

All Albertans who care about protecting the Bow River, Bow Valley Provincial Park, Bow Valley Wildland Park, and other protected areas should contact the following politicians now and oppose the development of a new town proposed for the Horseshoe Lands on the banks of the Bow River at the entrance to the Rocky Mountains, or at the very least request that the Province require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) before any development proposal is considered for this area.

The Honourable Ed Stelmach, Premier
E-mail: premier [at] gov [dot] ab [dot] ca Read more »

Posted March 19, 2007 by Anonymous

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