PUBLISHED: 16 February 2024

About Us

Founded in 2006, in the spirit of the Water for Life strategy, the Alberta WaterPortal provides inclusive research, community engagement, and educational activities to improve the public’s understanding of the importance of water in Alberta, as well as providing Albertans with the knowledge needed to make better water management decisions. 

Today’s water resources’ protection, allocation and management challenges and opportunities clearly cross many different jurisdictions, stakeholder groups and communities. Addressing these challenges and opportunities requires creative mechanisms for dialogue and networking. It also needs coordinated efforts to explore and share data and experiences among water users, managers, and researchers.

To achieve this as a charitable organization we work closely with private, public and other non-profit organizations, supported by industry and water experts. We have forged successful partnerships with all levels of government, academic institutions, environmental non-government organizations, corporate partners and advisory councils and irrigation districts. The Alberta WaterPortal contributes to how we collectively share and collaborate on water information and knowledge, for the benefit of all Albertans.

Our Mission

We educate and inform Canadians on the value of water as a vital resource by providing objective information to enable better water practices for the  environmental, economic, and social benefit of all.

Our Vision

Make the Alberta WaterPortal the most relevant, trusted, and accessible source for water education and informational resources in Canada.

Our values

  • Operate transparently, without bias and with inclusivity.
  • Openly share scientifically credible water data and information.
  • Educate users from various perspectives on water issues, allowing them to make informed decisions.
  • Connect divergent interests and content sources, encourage dialogue, and generate solutions that benefit all Albertans.

A registered charity

In March 2014, the Alberta WaterPortal Society received Canada Revenue Agency approval to operate as a registered charity (807121876RR0001).

The Alberta WaterPortal Society oversees the WaterPortal. The Alberta WaterPortal Society is the charitable continuation of the original Alberta Society for Sustainable Water Management and Related Technologies.

Some of our initiatives

  • Weekday news clippings of water-related articles from Canada and around the world which we think you will find interesting.
  • Weekly Newsletter collating information about current events and recent discoveries in water from Alberta and around the globe.
  • The Alberta Water Nexus Project, which shares and educates the public on competing demands for water.
  • The Bog (blog) which highlights current events, news, and encourages discussion and dialogue around water issues and challenges.
  • Environmental Conditions Reporting developed on behalf of the Bow River Basin Council.
  • Consistent social media via Twitter and Facebook.


Special thanks to Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions (AIEES) and Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) for their support of the Alberta WaterPortal.  

Additional thanks to the Bow River Basin Council and Suncor Foundation for their help getting the Alberta WaterPortal off the ground.

Lastly, thanks to WaterSMART Solutions Ltd. for helping us get to where we are today.

Support our water work today!

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the WaterPortal Society click the ‘Donate Now’ button below and you will be redirected to our Canada Helps fundraising page. 

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