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Protecting Instream Flow in Alberta’s Rivers – Navigating Churning Policy Waters

Oct 17 2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Faculty of Law and the Canadian Institute of Resources Law invite you to attend a free public lecture on Protecting Instream Flow in Alberta’s Rivers – Navigating Churning Policy Waters.

It is a simple truth that healthy aquatic ecosystems need sufficient water to meet instream flow needs. Yet the water in some Alberta’s rivers is fully or over-allocated to human uses which can impact and impair aquatic ecosystems. This lecture will describe why  we should be concerned about instream flow needs, especially in southern Alberta, explain what tools the Alberta Water Act provides to restore and protect instream flows, and set out the curbed use by the Government. The lecture will recount to date the ongoing and litigious saga of the non-profit Water Conservation Trust of Canada and its aim of utilizing the transfer and licensing provisions of the Water Act and the water market made possible by the Act to protect instream flows. Read more »

Location

Room 3360
Murray Fraser Hall, University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

Posted September 22, 2015 by AEN

AER seeks feedback on draft requirements for managing tailings in Alberta

Initiative: 
DRAFT Directive : Fluid Tailings Management for Oil Sands Mining Projects
Deadline: 
17 Nov 2015 (All day)

Calgary, Alberta (Sep 17, 2015)…

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is seeking public feedback on its draft directive on fluid tailings management for oil sands mining projects.

As the province’s energy regulator, the AER ensures that oil sands development aligns with government policy. Following the release of the Government of Alberta’s Lower Athabasca Region: Tailings Management Framework for Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands (TMF), the AER has developed new requirements for tailings management.

“The draft directive represents an evolution in how we will manage tailings by addressing both existing fluid tailings and new fluid tailings growth” said Cal Hill, AER executive vice-president of the Strategy and Regulatory Division. “It establishes the requirements operators must meet in order to ensure that all fluid tailings are ready to reclaim within 10 years of the end of a mine’s life.” Read more »

Posted September 21, 2015 by AEN

Call for Delegates: Tailings Regulatory Management Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

Initiative: 
Tailings Regulatory Management Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Position: 
ENGO Members (2 or 3) and Alternates (2)
Application Deadline: 
11 Sep 2015 (All day)

Purpose:
Using a consensus-based approach the committee will conduct a thorough review of the draft directive and produce recommendations for the AER. The TAC will operate as a forum where stakeholders can contribute their expertise to the development of the new directive. Read more »

Posted September 9, 2015 by AEN

Environmental Enforcement Positions Good News for Headwaters

14 May 2015

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is greatly encouraged by today's announcement by the Alberta government that 23 new environmental enforcement positions are being established to patrol Alberta's Eastern Slopes and other backcountry areas. The hirings follow several years of sparse presence on the ground by officers and widespread damage to streams and river beds in Alberta's headwaters. Read more »

Posted May 15, 2015 by AEN

ELC launches Our North Saskatchewan regional plan website

The Environmental Law Centre has launched a new website focusing on environmental planning in the North Saskatchewan Region. The ELC's Jason Unger posted that the site's purpose is to:

"foster dissemination of environmental information that is central to this planning"

and that the site will provide:

  • Links to environmental information (regarding water, air, land, biodiversity, and cumulative effects),
  • Background information on regional plans, and
  • Starts the discussion around risks and opportunities in the regional planning context
Read more »

Posted May 13, 2015 by AEN

Webinar: RAIN Community Solutions—engagement tools for stormwater

Jun 10 2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Are you looking for training, tools, funding and support to help your organization take a role in promoting ecological solutions to stormwater issues in your community?

RAIN Community Solutions works with community-based environmental organizations, to develop customized plans to address local stormwater issues and priorities.

Join us on June 10 from 12-1pm EDT for a free webinar that introduces our program and services which include: Read more »

Posted May 12, 2015 by AEN

Learning Session—EcoCity Edmonton: Community Sustainability Grants

May 13 2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Announcing EcoCity Edmonton: Community Sustainability Grants!

We are pleased to partner with the City of Edmonton to deliver environmental grants to help support energy literate citizens with energy conserving lifestyles and a strong shift to active and public transportation. Read more »

Location

Knowledge Centre, 2nd Floor HSBC Building
10250 101 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted May 11, 2015 by AEN

Learning Session—EcoCity Edmonton: Community Sustainability Grants

May 12 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Announcing EcoCity Edmonton: Community Sustainability Grants!

We are pleased to partner with the City of Edmonton to deliver environmental grants to help support energy literate citizens with energy conserving lifestyles and a strong shift to active and public transportation. Read more »

Location

Stanley A. Milner Public Library
7 Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB

Posted May 11, 2015 by AEN

Oil and Gas Development Transforming North American Landscapes

1 May 2015

Accelerated drilling activity is transforming significant portions of North America's natural landscapes. University of Montana scientists recently released the first broad-scale evaluation of oil and gas industry impacts on landscapes across the U.S. and Canada, including Alberta.

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is renewing its call for development limits in sensitive forest and grassland ecosystems and for expanded protected areas networks. Read more »

Posted May 1, 2015 by AEN

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