Water Matters

Groundwater use in oil sands "unsustainable" — Natural Resources Canada sponsored report

National report cites critical need for more monitoring and stronger laws for "out of sight out of mind" resource

As federal hearings begin on oil sands and water today, a national report released today by the Council of Canadian Academies points out that groundwater use in the oil sands region is unsustainable. The report, commissioned by National Resources Canada, focuses on groundwater issues across Canada and evaluates current and emerging issues for groundwater protection. Over 90 percent of rural Albertans rely on groundwater resources. Read More

Alberta Land-use Planning Legislation Introduced

Since the release of the Draft Land-use Framework (LUF) in May 2008 several parallel processes have been taking place to advance the LUF from a policy initiative into a functioning land use management framework.

A collaborative of over ten non-government organizations across the province has coordinated efforts to shape these processes and will continue to do. Visit Alberta by Design or our member sites for updates. 

1. Alberta Land-use Planning Legislation Introduced

New legislation is a big step forward but leaves much to Cabinet's discretion

On April 28th, the Alberta government tabled the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA), Bill 36. The bill is a step toward the system of land-use planning promised by Alberta's Land-use Framework. The bill empowers the provincial government with new powers to guide regional land-use planning - a step away from conflicting decision-making bodies and the dominance of municipal planning on the landscape. Key amendments, however, will be required to make the ALSA effective.

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The Water Log — Calling for water security for Prairie waters: Mixed reviews for Alberta

In this issue of the Water Log:

  1. Calling for water security for Prairie waters: Mixed reviews for Alberta
  2. Draft land-use plan for Calgary region unveiled: High hopes for source water protection, but few targets
  3. Survey: Albertans are as concerned about water supply as they are about financial markets
  4. Eroding Environmental Protection in Canada
  5. Advocate for safe drinking water: Roxanne Walsh
View this newsletter online at http://www.water-matters.org/enews/current.html

Calgary Regional Partnership Plan — Extra Open House

Apr 4 2009 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

The Calgary Regional Partnership has added an open house in Calgary for feedback on its regional plan. If you have not made it out to previous open houses here is your chance. Your feedback is crucial to ensure the CRP plan has clear targets for maintaining open spaces, clean water and wildlife.

The Calgary Regional Partnership's regional plan needs to set targets for maintaining open spaces, clean water, and wildlife. They need to hear from you to make this happen.
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Calgary Metropolitan Centre
333 4 Avenue SW
Calgary , AB

World Water Day Forecasts Calgary's Parched Future

Mar 22 2009 - 6:00pm

"The flows of all major rivers, including the Bow River, will fall substantially, perhaps by 50 percent or more." On October 22, 2007, Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of The Upside of Down told Calgarians this bad news about Calgary's future water supply. Read More


Plaza Theatre
1133 Kensington Road NW
Calgary , AB

Gutting the Navigable Waters Protection Act: What it means for our rivers

Mar 6 2009 - 2:00am

Public Event sponsored by Water Matters and Alberta Wilderness Association


  • Barry Robinson, Ecojustice Canada
  • Tony Palmer, Canadian Rivers Network

When: Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 pm
Where: 455 12 Street NW Calgary, Alberta
Office of the Alberta Wilderness Association (please park in rear or north of 5th and 12 st NW). For map: http://www.alterawilderness.ca/contact.htm Read More

The Water Log February 2009

Water Matters has published the February 2009 issue of the Water Log. In this issue:

  1. Water Matters has a new website!
  2. Oil sands diversions and the lower Athabasca River
  3. Hydroelectric dam project approved on the Peace River
  4. Groundwater concerns prompts change to nuclear power plant siting
  5. Proposed water transfer to bring new development to Springbank Alberta
  6. New Report calls for smart spending on sustainable water infrastructure — quick, clean and green

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http://www.water-matters.org/enews/current.html Read More


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