Alberta's Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs) are important stewards of Alberta's major watersheds. They are independent, non-profit organizations that are designated to assess the condition of their watershed and prepare plans to address watershed issues. Alberta WPACs engage watershed residents in their work and seek consensus on solutions to watershed issues.
The Alberta WaterPortal has been created as a not-for-profit organization and is supported by private and public sector technology, industry, watershed management partnerships.
We support Alberta's Water for Life strategy, and have created a place where anyone can easily get the information and knowledge they need to make better water management decisions, and maybe become more actively involved in managing this valuable resource. There is nothing more precious than water except maybe oxygen...we encourage you to contact us!
People use lots of water for drinking, cooking and washing, but even more for producing things such as food, paper, cotton clothes, etc. The water footprint is an indicator of water use that looks at both direct and indirect water use of a consumer or producer. Click here to learn more...
To help you on your discovery of water knowledge, here's a wide variety of water related Web Links, Company and Phone Directories, Precipitation Forecasts and Water Maps, Photos and Videos...and tools such as water use and evaporation calculators, volume convertors, water glossary, water location (lat/long) tools, water archive records, and other tools. And stay tuned, we'll keep adding new water tools....
Groundwater is an important resource to many residents of Canada. In at least one province, Prince Edward Island, groundwater provides 100% of the water supply to its residents. According to Statistics Canada, about 30% of the Canadian population (or roughly 10.4 million people) rely on groundwater as a source of water supply.
In Alberta, the percentage of the population reliant on groundwater as a supply source is about 23%. Based on 2010 population estimates, this equates to roughly 840,000 residents.
Although this percentage may seem small, the reliance on groundwater in certain locations – for example areas where restrictions on new licences have been applied for surface water or groundwater under the direct influence of surface water (South Saskatchewan River Basin) - is increasing. As a result, the importance of groundwater in sustaining local populations and businesses is becoming apparent.
In water-short areas of the province (southern Alberta) water supplies are currently managed through a series of storage reservoirs and management structures. The storage shortfall of 2001 and the need to re-allocate licensed volumes of water provides an example of how precarious the situation can become in the face of extended drought or water deficit conditions.
As such, groundwater exists as a potentially important source of water supplies in time of need, and can be used to offset diminished supplies of surface water. The concept of “drought-proofing” communities in advance of potential future mega-droughts (as indicated by palaeoclimate reconstructions using proxies such as tree-rings and lake sediments) is gaining in popularity with water managers responsible for serving water-shorts areas of the province.
We invite the "movers and shakers" in the water community to share their insights on some of today's most controversial water topics, and encourage our readers to share their thoughts and ideas! Click here... to read archived articles from our previous WaterPortal Guest Columnists...
|Saturday June 1, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Athabasca Watershed Council's 4th Annual General Meeting|
|Sunday June 2 Environment Week|
|Wednesday June 5 Alberta Water Quality Awareness day|
|Friday June 7, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM AESRD hosts Bow River Phosphorus Management update|
|Tuesday June 11 Gas & Oil Conference and Expo|
|Tuesday June 11, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada Water Forum|
|Wednesday June 12 BRBC Quarterly Education and Networking Forum|
|Thursday June 20, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM Oldman Watershed Council Annual General Meeting|
|Thursday June 20, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friends of Fish Creek host Carolyn Campbell's water talk|
|Wednesday June 26 North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance AGM|
Learn more about the SSRB Adaption Project... and new innovative opportunities for re-managing the river system from the headwaters to the confluence.
Need to fund research or a project? Here are some groups waiting for your application.
Looking for a new water related app for your iPhone/iPad, Android or Blackberry...
We are excited to showcase this series of ten videos on The Story of Water Management on the Bow River.
Water Canada presents Water’s Next, its annual publication highlighting significant contributions to Canada’s waterscape.