Water & Watershed Management

Alberta Government chooses oil over water: new rules bow to corporate interests

Coalition of groups slam release of pro-industry water usage rules for the oil sands industry

VANCOUVER, March 13, 2015 /CNW/ - Today SumOfUs.org, Keepers of the Athabasca, Environmental Defence Canada and the Natural Resources Defense Council criticized the Alberta government for its decision to adopt weak new environmental regulations governing water usage in the oil sands industry today. The long-awaited Surface Water Quantity Framework (SWQF) and Tailings Management Framework set guidelines on how much water oil sands companies can extract from the Athabasca River, and guidelines regarding the management and production of toxic tailings waste. Read more about Alberta Government chooses oil over water: new rules bow to corporate interests

Government plan fails to protect lower Athabasca River when most needed

New water management framework leaves river exposed to unacceptable risk

EDMONTON — The lower Athabasca River will continue to be exposed to significant risks under the Surface Water Quantity Management Framework for the Lower Athabasca River released today by the Governments of Alberta and Canada. Read more about Government plan fails to protect lower Athabasca River when most needed

RBC–Evergreen Watershed Champions Award

Deadline: 
17 Apr 2015

From the Evergreen website:

Evergreen’s Watershed Champions program is designed to inspire and equip elementary and intermediate classes across Canada to learn more about their local watershed.

Children have a natural curiosity about the world around them and an instinct to care for the environment. By teaching students about the dynamics of their local watershed and how to take care of it, schools can help maintain the vitality of the ecosystem.

Find out how you can be a Watershed Champion!

Apply for the RBC–Evergreen Watershed Champions Award
We want to reward your hard work by annually recognizing outstanding achievement in watershed education. Tell us how your class is learning about and caring for your local watershed, and your school could win funding to further enhance its environmental initiatives. Learn more and apply here.

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Stewards in Motion— Oldman Watershed

Mar 12 2015 - 3:30pm to 10:30pm

Transforming collaboration to advance lo​cal stewardship efforts

This interactive event gives participants the opportunity to actively learn, share, and engage in collaborative dialogue across sectors. Using the newly developed environmental stewardship framework, participants will:

  • Learn how stewardship and resource management principles can more effectively be incorporated into the land-use planning and development process
  • Identify and discuss local potential projects that would benefit from applying this approach, then develop a process for implementation
  • Share results, identify opportunities, needs and gaps in the region
Read more about Stewards in Motion— Oldman Watershed>

Location

Venue to be determined Fort McLeod or Claresholm , AB

Stewards in Motion— Red Deer

Feb 5 2015 - 4:30pm to 11:30pm

Transforming collaboration to advance lo​cal stewardship efforts

This interactive event gives participants the opportunity to actively learn, share, and engage in collaborative dialogue across sectors. Using the newly developed environmental stewardship framework, participants will:

  • Learn how stewardship and resource management principles can more effectively be incorporated into the land-use planning and development process
  • Identify and discuss local potential projects that would benefit from applying this approach, then develop a process for implementation
  • Share results, identify opportunities, needs and gaps in the region
Read more about Stewards in Motion— Red Deer>

Location

Quality Inn, North Hill
7150 50 Avenue
T4N 6A5 Red Deer , AB

Call for Delegates: ENGO Sector Member, AWC Lake Management Project Team

Initiative: 
Lake Management Project Team
Position: 
ENGO Sector Member
Application Deadline: 
12 Feb 2015

The purpose of this initiative is to provide recommendations for improved lake management in Alberta to support achievement of Water for Life goals.

Objectives:

  • Document and assess the current state of lake management planning and governance (e.g., roles and responsibilities) in Alberta.
  • Identify gaps, redundancies and opportunities for improvements in lake management.
  • Develop recommendations toward effective lake management in Alberta, including roles and responsibilities.
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Obed Mine Spill One Year Later: Groups Call for Charges to be Laid, Impacts Disclosed

It has been a year since the Obed Mountain Coal Mine disaster. The mine was owned at the time by Sherritt International but has since been purchased by Westmoreland Coal Company. The breach of a containment pond spilled 670 million litres of toxic tailings into the Athabasca River and its tributaries. Five weeks later this plume of contaminated water had worked its way through the Peace Athabasca Delta and into the North West Territories. Read more about Obed Mine Spill One Year Later: Groups Call for Charges to be Laid, Impacts Disclosed

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