Water Quality

Pembina Reacts to Lower Athabasca Water Quality Monitoring Plan

Jennifer Grant, director of the Pembina Institute's oilsands program, made the following statement in response to the Federal Lower Athabasca Water Quality Monitoring Plan:

"This plan is a good step toward providing a credible foundation for the monitoring of the Athabasca River downstream from the oilsands. We hope this plan signals that the federal government is willing to meet its obligations to ensure that oilsands development occurs responsibly and in accordance with Canadians' expectations.

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How to Make Water Last - YES! Magazine

(in support of World Water Week)

Only a tiny fraction of Earth’s water is available as fresh water. But even with climate change and growing populations, there’s enough for everyone if we work together to keep it clean, use it wisely, and share it fairly.

YES! Magazine dedicated their entire May 2010 edition in support of water. Articles include: Read more about How to Make Water Last - YES! Magazine

Community Workshop for Watershed Solutions

Apr 28 2011 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm

Thanks to those of you who were able to participate in the January Community Workshops. We came together and talked about the problems and issues in the watershed. To see the notes, presentations and photos of those workshops, go to: http://rdrwa.ca/workshops.php

There is another set of Community Workshops to talk about solutions to the problems in the watershed. We hope to see you there: Read more about Community Workshop for Watershed Solutions

Location

Oyen Seniors Centre
219 2 Street West
Oyen , AB

Community Workshop for Watershed Solutions

Apr 27 2011 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm

Thanks to those of you who were able to participate in the January Community Workshops. We came together and talked about the problems and issues in the watershed. To see the notes, presentations and photos of those workshops, go to: http://rdrwa.ca/workshops.php

There is another set of Community Workshops to talk about solutions to the problems in the watershed. We hope to see you there: Read more about Community Workshop for Watershed Solutions

Location

Quality Inn
7150 50 Avenue (formerly The North Hill Inn)
Red Deer , AB

Community Workshop for Watershed Solutions

Apr 26 2011 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm

Thanks to those of you who were able to participate in the January Community Workshops. We came together and talked about the problems and issues in the watershed. To see the notes, presentations and photos of those workshops, go to: http://rdrwa.ca/workshops.php

There is another set of Community Workshops to talk about solutions to the problems in the watershed. We hope to see you there: Read more about Community Workshop for Watershed Solutions

Location

West Country Seniors Centre
4, 102 2 Avenue NW
Sundre , AB

Oil sands monitoring steps laid out by Alberta ENGO

Keys to regaining credibility include establishing baselines, asserting federal leadership, and maintaining scientific independence

The credibility of Alberta's and Canada's attempts to responsibly manage the environmental effects of oil sands development rests on responding to calls for improved monitoring of the Athabasca River. Today Water Matters, an Alberta-based water-policy think-tank, has released Replacing the Oil Sands' Regional Aquatic Monitoring Program (RAMP) with Effective Environmental Monitoring Solutions, providing recommendations for improving freshwater monitoring system between the Government of Canada and the province of Alberta. Read more about Oil sands monitoring steps laid out by Alberta ENGO

IAHS PUB 2011 International Workshop: P3 - Putting PUB into Practice

May 10 2011 - 6:00pm to May 14 2011 - 11:00pm

The current PUB Chair, Professor John Pomeroy of the University of Saskatchewan, supported by the International Secretariat and organising committees, is planning a workshop entitled 'Putting PUB into Practice', to be held in Canmore, Alberta, Canada from the 10th to the 14th of May 2011 (immediately prior to the Canadian Geophysical Union's annual meeting in the neighbouring town of Banff). Read more about IAHS PUB 2011 International Workshop: P3 - Putting PUB into Practice

Monitoring on the Mind

With the spate of news & reports on environmental monitoring (or the lack thereof) in the oilsands region, monitoring is on the mind of a couple of AEN members.

Laura Bowman of the Environmental Law Centre posts on the need for an independent environmental monitoring agency:

…a clear, unambiguous commitment to better monitoring resources and stronger federal and provincial oversight at the approvals stage is still glaringly absent. What the oilsands really need is a well-resourced agency with the expertise and independence to be a bold regulator. 

Pembina's Terra Simieritsch writes on the importance of water quality monitoring, and asks some questions of the federal & provincial governments:

Will limits be set and will laws be enforced? And ultimately, if the data points to unacceptable changes in the Athabasca River, what are the federal and provincial governments prepared to do?
Read more about Monitoring on the Mind

Red Deer River Watershed - Integrated Watershed Management Plan Workshops

Jan 27 2011 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Thanks again to those of you who were able to participate at the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance Community Forums in September and October. We shared information on the health of the watershed — water quality, water quantity, land use and biodiversity. If you want to learn more about those forums, go to: http://rdrwa.ca/forums.php Read more about Red Deer River Watershed - Integrated Watershed Management Plan Workshops

Location

Oyen Seniors Centre
219 2nd Street West
Oyen , AB

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