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SAGE Calls for Headwaters Restoration fo Benefit Majority of Citizens in Southern Alberta

9 Mar 2016

The Southern Alberta Group for the Environment (SAGE) together with others in the conservation community is calling for reduced linear footprint, strict limits on off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on public lands, and a ban on OHVs in parks and protected areas.  A communiqué was sent to the Government of Alberta on January 13, 2016.  The Southern Alberta Group for Environment (SAGE), established in 1984, works to protect and restore the health of our environment—water, air, and land—in Lethbridge and region. Read more »

Posted March 9, 2016 by AEN

Holding The Reins Landowners' Summit 2016

Mar 10 2016 - 8:30am - 2:30pm

Are you someone concerned about the sustainability of your food? Interested in the future of rangeland conservation in Southern Alberta? This event is for you!

Holding the Reins 2016 will be hosted on March 10, 2016 at the Fort MacLeod Community Hall. This year's landowner summit will showcase many interesting speakers who will present on important topics and programs within the Oldman watershed and beyond. This year, we are excited to host 40 agriculture science students from the Lethbridge College. Read more »

Location

Fort MacLeod Community Hall
301 25 Street
Fort MacLeod, AB

Posted March 3, 2016 by AEN

EcoCity Edmonton: Community Sustainability Grants

Deadline: 
28 Mar 2016 (All day)

The City of Edmonton and Alberta Ecotrust are partnering to deliver environmental grants to help support energy literate citizens with energy conserving lifestyles and a strong shift to active and public transportation.

We believe that protecting and improving the environment within Edmonton’s borders is a shared responsibility. Through EcoCity Edmonton, citizens can learn about Edmonton’s environmental vision, find inspiration to take action in their community, and apply for a grant to help get ideas off the ground. Read more »

Posted March 3, 2016 by AEN

Call for Delegate: Evaluating Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity Project Team, Alberta Water Council

Initiative: 
Evaluating Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity Project Team
Position: 
ENGO Sector Member
Application Deadline: 
8 Mar 2016 - 23:59

Water conservation and major water-using sectors voluntarily developing and implementing water conservation, efficiency and productivity (CEP) plans are pillars of the Water for Life (WFL) strategy. Improving overall efficiency and productivity of water use by 30% from 2005 levels by 2015 was identified as an aspirational specific outcome in the original WFL strategy (2003), and was reaffirmed in the renewed WFL (2008) and associated action plan (2009).

Since 2004, the Alberta Water Council (AWC) has supported the CEP initiative with three project teams: the first identified guiding principles and definitions related to CEP planning; the second developed a framework to guide the sectors in creating their CEP plans; and the third supported the seven priority water-using sectors as they developed their plans. The third team also made a recommendation for a fourth team. This team would report on the implementation progress of sectors’ CEP plans, evaluate the overall CEP planning process, and make recommendations to enhance sector CEP planning, implementation and future reporting if needed. Read more »

Posted February 22, 2016 by AEN

Call for Delegates: Water Management Working Group (Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands)

Initiative: 
Water Management Working Group, Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands
Position: 
ENGO Sector Members (4)
Application Deadline: 
16 Dec 2015 - 23:59

The Water Management Working Group (WMWG) is a team of knowledgeable water professionals, representing various disciplines and perspectives, that advises the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Energy Regulator on implementing the water management direction outlined in the Lower Athabasca Region Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands (TMF). Read more »

Posted December 9, 2015 by AEN

Panel Discussion: Is Our Drinking Water at Risk?

Nov 30 2015 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Is Canada's urban drinking water at risk?

Clean drinkable water is life, yet most Canadians take water for granted.

With less than 3 per cent of municipally-treated water used for drinking, the rest goes down our drains and toilets or on our gardens. We often fail to consider the sustainability of our water.

On November 30, you are invited to a free panel discussion at the John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Central Library in Calgary, featuring:

David Schindler, University of Alberta 
Eminent Canadian biologist andenvironmentalist gives his perspective on water and the environment and the danger to our water supplies from human activity.

Arlene Kwasniak, University of Calgary
Lawyer and water policy expert explores the push and pull on water resources from competing industries and the policies we should enact to protect this vital resource.

Masaki Hayashi, University of Calgary
A local field researcher tells tales from the watershed. Before it comes to our taps, what happens to the water along its trip from alpine lakes, through prairie rivers? Read more »

Location

John Dutton Theatre Library
616 Macleod Trail SE
Calgary, AB

Posted November 17, 2015 by russ

Publication—In Water we Trust: Engaging Albertans in Restoration and Maintenance of Environmental Flows

The Environmental Law Centre has made available for download their report "In Water we Trust: Engaging Albertans in Restoration and Maintenance of Environmental Flows":

Should Alberta adopt policies that allow for 3rd party participation in instream flow protection?  Are water trust organizations a part of the answer to instream flow needs in over-allocated basins?  The Environmental Law Centre’s report In Water we Trust:  Engaging Albertans in Restoration and Maintenance of Environmental Flows seeks to answer these questions.

Read more »

Posted November 16, 2015 by russ

Red Deer River Watershed Alliance Fall Forum—Watershed Health: The Big Picture

Nov 13 2015 - 9:00am - 3:30pm

Cost: $35.00

With:

  • Alberta Tomorrow
  • AEMERA
  • Western Canada Spill Services (to be confirmed)
  • Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (to be confirmed)
  • Alberta Wilderness Association
  • Plus an Agricultural Panel discussion

To register: visit www.rdrwa.ca | call 403-340-7379 | email info [at] rdrwa [dot] ca

Location

Multipurpose Room
Didsbury Memorial Complex (1702 21 Avenue)
Didsbury, AB

Posted November 2, 2015 by AEN

Celebrate Calgary's Headwater Streams with author Kevin Van Tighem

Nov 18 2015 - 6:30pm

Author Kevin Van Tighem will be joined by photographer Brian Van Tighem for a presentation of Heart Waters: Sources of the Bow River on Wednesday evening, November 18 at the Cardel Theatre. This presentation deals with various headwater tributaries of the Bow River and the conservation issues around them. Kevin and Brian will touch on topics like non-native trout introductions, hydro dams, beavers, flood engineering, and more. Read more »

Location

Cardel Theatre
180 Quarry Park Boulevard SE
Calgary, AB

Posted October 29, 2015 by AEN

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