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Piping Water Between Watersheds: An Analysis of Basin-to-basin and Sub-basin-to-sub-basin Diversions in Alberta

Piping Water Between Watersheds: An Analysis of Basin-to-basin and Sub-basin-to-sub-basin Diversions in Alberta

Two years after a water controversy erupted over a proposal to pipe water from the Red Deer to the Bow River sub-basin for a mega-entertainment complex in Balzac, the province has yet to develop specific policy for dealing with similar types of water diversions.

Piping Water Between Watersheds examines basin-to-basin and sub-basin-to-sub-basin water diversions in Alberta. It takes a brief look at current law, policy, and practice in Alberta and then turns to a discussion of the key considerations that need to be considered to mitigate the potentially harmful effects — namely, environmental considerations, considerations of scale, socio-economic considerations, and cumulative effects considerations.

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