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Water Matters Financial Statements 2012

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Water Matters Biennual Report (2012-2013)

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Water Matters Annual Report 2011

Water Matters' Annual Report for 2011.

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Water Matters Financial Statements 2011

Water Matters Financial Statements for 2011.

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Maintaining Healthy Aquatic Ecosystems: Operational and Policy Recommendations for Instream Flow Needs

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Moving Waters: Water Management Options to Achieve Social, Economic, and Environmental Goals

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Allocating Our Water: Changing to Meet the Public Interest

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Sharing Our Rivers: How Albertans Can Maintain Healthy Rivers, Communities and Economies

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Values and Voices: Stewardship Priorities for the Southern Alberta Foothills

Values and Voices is the report of the Southern Foothills Community Stewardship Initiative, a public engagement process led by the Pekisko Group and the Chinook Institute for Community Stewardship, to give voice to the values and priorities of local people for maintaining healthy ecosystems and watersheds in southwest Alberta.

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2010 Annual Report

In our 2010 annual report, we provide highlights of Water Matters' work in 2010 and revisit the fundamental motivations behind what we do.

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Drilling Down: Groundwater Risks Imposed by In Situ Oil Sands Development

Drilling Down: Groundwater Risks Imposed by In Situ Oil Sands Development provides clear, achievable recommendations for improving groundwater management, assessment and monitoring in the oil sands region.

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Effective Environmental Monitoring Systems

In this report, we outline how federal monitoring and RAMP, upon which industry, Alberta, and Canada have largely relied, have failed to meet the standards of acceptable scientific practice in environmental monitoring, and provide recommendations for the creation of a scientifically defensible environmental monitoring program.

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Why Water Matters: Annual Report 2009

Our Annual Report provides highlights from our work in 2009 and reminds us of the important role we all play in securing the future of Alberta's water.

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Making the Connection: Water and Land in Alberta

This report comprehensively details the special role of watershed features, such as forests, riparian areas, and wetlands, in an effort to further that understanding. With a better awareness of the value of watersheds, decision makers will understand how land use impacts water quality and quantity.

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Tailings Plan Review: An Assessment of Oil Sands Company Submissions for Compliance with ERCB Directive 074

A comprehensive review of regulatory documents filed with the Alberta government, conducted by the Pembina Institute and Water Matters, found that only two oil sands operations reported they would meet the rules to reduce toxic tailings between 2011 and 2013 (the start date for binding rules to capture and start solidifying liquid tailings).

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

Source of Opportunity 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. The report offers a new direction, a blueprint for source water protection.

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Watered Down: Overcoming Federal Inaction on the Impact of Oil Sands Development to Water Resources

Watered Down highlights some of the most compelling testimony from the recent federal hearings by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. From its testimony, Watered Down derives the recommendation that the Government of Canada should live up to its legislative responsibility and substantially increase its role in protecting human health and the environment through the oversight and regulation of the oil sands industry's impact on fresh water resources and aquatic ecosystems.

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Share the Water: Building a Secure Water Future for Alberta

For the first time in 12 years, the Alberta government is considering whether to update their water allocation system. Alberta's current system to allocate water among all users is no longer able to fully respond to population growth, opportunities for industrial growth, reduced water flows, and the coming challenges of climate change. This report outlines a proposed blueprint for addressing these water challenges, and aims to inspire Albertans to participate in the discussion about Alberta's water future.

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Backgrounder: Water Use by Thermal In Situ Oil Sands Operations

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

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