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Source of Opportunity: A Blueprint for Securing Source Water in Southern Alberta

Source of Opportunity: A Blueprint for Securing Source Water in Southern Alberta

Alberta government's commitment to develop a South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) for the region under the province's Land-use Framework arrives as citizens of southern Alberta are searching for ways to learn from past lessons and apply an enduring resolve to protect our water resources.

Source of Opportunity: A Blueprint for Securing Source Water in Southern Alberta makes the case that a vibrant social and economic landscape in southern Alberta is derived in large part from the landscape's ability to maintain abundant, clean supplies of water at their origin — the Southern East Slopes. While this region has special importance, Source of Opportunity also recognizes the critical value of groundwater, particularly in the Prairie region.

Source of Opportunity offers a new direction, a blueprint for source water protection. It suggests that historic efforts to promote the Southern East Slopes failed because government policy and legislation have been too weak. Source of Opportunity argues policy needs to match the consistent message from the public to protect our source waters.

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