The Bog: The Alberta WaterPortal Blog

The Bog is where thoughts, opinions, discussion pieces, and action converge. Influential thinkers from the water community are invited to share their insights on current or controversial water topics. Please note that the views expressed herein are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Alberta WaterPortal.

Welcome to the September edition of the Roundup. If you have content you would like included in our next edition of the Roundup please contact us. Happy reading! 


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"Red Deer River" by Ricky Leong is licenced under CC BY 2.0.   

Opinions and Columns

Note: these pieces do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Alberta WaterPortal

Roy MacGregor: In Globe debate, leaders ignore Canada’s No. 1 resource: water

The Globe and Mail reporter highlights the lack of conversation about water in recent political debates. ...Click here to continue reading.

  

Patricia Matthews: City of Chestermere 2015 Flood Response Summary

The Chestermere Mayor shares a timeline of events and lessons learned in the City's flood response for the July 2015 storm. ...Click here to continue reading.

 

Long Reads

Britain's water crisis - are we killing our rivers?

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Other Stories 

South Carolina experiences deadly floods

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Extreme weather events are in the cards

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900 years of tree-ring records tell a story: Declining river flows

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China's sponge cities: soaking up water to reduce flood risks

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California drought drives cities to filter drinkable water from sewage

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Climate brokers gather best data for policy making

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City's on the move with latest piece of public art

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Local Waves

The Oldman Watershed is seeking votes to win $100,000 in funding for an outreach and education film project. Click here to vote!

 

A reminder the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance are seeking public input on their draft Integrated Watershed Management Plan,
Phase One, Water Quality. Click here for more background and a survey link. 

 

Reports and Research

The Report of the Auditor General - October 2015 is now available.

The last five years have seen unprecedented interest in the state of Alberta water law, culminating in a public, province-wide Water Conversation conducted by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development in 2013.

Some of the conversations and many recent commentaries focused on two themes in particular. Both are vital, because they challenge fundamental principles of the Alberta Water Act

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Long Read

First Nations in northern B.C. worry Site C dam will obliterate their heritage.

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Other Stories: Canada

Wabamun Lake oil spill: A decade later, disaster still fresh in residents' minds 

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Heart Waters: new book highlights the vitality and history of the Bow’s sources

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Aboriginal art project to reflect Edmonton river valley park steeped in sacred knowledge

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Taste Alberta: old ways and new technologies make for sustainable farming

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Syncrude blue heron deaths: A look at 'the royalty of our wetlands'

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Other Stories: International 

Do you know snow? Take our quiz on snowmelt and climate change - quiz

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Pesticides blamed for bee declines widespread in US waterways

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Other Stories: Technology

The key to water security could be lurking in a New Mexico sewage farm 

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Revolutionary tidal fence is set to trap the sea’s power 

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Web Content   

As part of a concerted effort to continue to proactively raise awareness of the Working Well Program and provide water well management information to private well owners, Working Well has developed another series of five informative articles. Click below to download the articles: 

It’s that time of year again! It’s time for our second annual summer news recap.  This summer, our readers were interested in an assortment of stories ranging from extreme weather to invasive goldfish. 

Welcome to the July edition of the Roundup. If you have any content you would like included in our next edition of the Roundup please contact us. Happy reading!