The Bog

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.

Eight years ago, one of the most devastating floods in Calgary’s history carved its way through southern Alberta, displacing thousands of people from their homes. One such Alberta resident, Victoria Pleavin of WaterSMART Solutions, now recalls her personal experience on the eighth anniversary of the 2013 southern Alberta floods.

"In June 2013 I was living in Mission, Calgary, less than one block from the Elbow River,” Victoria recalls. “I remember the morning of June 20th seeing several pictures posted of extreme flooding happening upstream in Canmore and thinking, ‘that is coming my way.’”

The Alberta WaterPortal Society’s submission for Let’s Talk About Water’s 2021 International Film competition emphasizes the benefits that properly managed grasslands can have on water quality and ecosystem health.

By Alixx Hettinga, Communications Coordinator for the WaterPortal Society

The Alberta WaterPortal Society is releasing fun, new, online materials to make learning about water an adventure you can have from home.New Nexus Visual

These new resources include interactive games and short animations that make learning fun for everyone. They explore how human actions impact the Nexus between communities, agriculture, and energy, and the resource that ties them all together: water. As the population in Alberta increases, users must contemplate how to balance the demand for water for food, energy, people and the environment. 

Every July, Friends of Fish Creek hosts its annual Creekfest event, an entertaining and interactive learning experience that is both family friendly and free of charge. This year, COVID-19 has unfortunately restricted our ability to meet in person, but that will not impede the continuance of this amazing educational opportunity. To keep its yearly public outreach going strong, Friends of Fish Creek is putting on Creekfest - Reimagined!, a collection of integrated virtual offerings from multiple organizations over the course of July 18-24, 2020. 

 

By Kathryn Wagner of Inside Education and Brie Nelson of the Alberta WaterPortal Society

The Alberta WaterPortal Society and Inside Education have a shared goal of helping Alberta teachers and students understand the interconnectedness of our water, food and energy systems: The nexus! Connections arise because these systems are reliant not only on each other, but also on the same limited resources. Our systems of producing energy require water; water pumping and treatment requires energy; agricultural production and the whole supply chain requires both water and energy; and our human communities need all of these systems, and the ecosystems that support them, in order to thrive. Recognizing the interconnections of these systems leads to opportunities and innovative problem-solving! (learn more here).