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Meet our new Communications and Program Coordinator.OPINION EDITORIAL
2012 has been an eventful year for the staff and board of Water Matters, with a focus on major work projects and numerous strategic responses to challenges and announcements about water-related issues in Alberta and beyond.PRESS RELEASEPRESS RELEASEPRESS RELEASEPRESS RELEASE
Now is the time to secure the future of safe, clean drinking water for Alberta. The Government of Alberta is asking all Albertans to do their part to manage and develop water wisely.PRESS RELEASE
The final report of the Southern Foothills Community Stewardship Initiative is ready, and the conclusions are clear – locals want to maintain the health and integrity of the region’s ecosystems, and they’re more than happy to lead the way.
Alison Redford, Alberta’s new premier, ran on a platform that included significant changes to the way Alberta manages its land and water, including a promise to bring in cumulative effects and put the Alberta Land Stewardship Act on hold. Will she make good on her promises? If she does, what does it mean for the health of Alberta’s land and water?
Despite failing grades from numerous independent assessments over the last five years, the Alberta government still does not have adequate monitoring systems in place to keep our rivers healthy in the lower Athabasca Watershed — and almost every major river in Alberta.
Most of Alberta’s rivers are already dammed, and the challenge for governments and society is to figure out how to improve them and mitigate their negative impacts – or whether to remove some of them altogether. In the future, the challenge will be to decide whether to build them at all.
The large majority of oil sands in Alberta are not accessible via mining and must be developed via in situ wells that use vast quantities of steam to heat and liquefy bitumen found in deep deposits. The management of groundwater in the oil sands region has received little attention, despite the fact it will have to support in situ development that is expected to produce three times as much oil as surface mines.
Water and environmental resources in particular are as prone to be politicized by candidates jockeying to differentiate themselves within their party and with Albertans at large as they eye to follow Premier Ed Stelmach as the province's next premier. This puts Alberta's Land-use Framework (LUF) at risk, as well as the thousands of hours of work ordinary Albertans have invested to ensure we have healthy watersheds and other landscape values.