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Opinions

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

Brian Hutchinson: Hogs, scofflaws and hypocrites flood Vancouver as drought fuels fresh water wars

National Post reporter Brian Hutchinson looks at the emerging “water wars” Vancouver….Click here to continue reading.  

 

Staples: The joy of swimming down the North Saskatchewan River

David Staples, columnist for the Edmonton Journal, dispels some common misconceptions about the North Saskatchewan River and goes for a swim. ...Click here to continue reading.  

 

Klassen: Let's stop wasting water before shortages force us to

Calgary Herald reporter discusses water supply in Calgary with Mark Bennett, Bow River Basin Council executive director...Click here to continue reading. 

 

Long Reads

Preparing cities for a changing climate – before it’s too late

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Other Stories 

Climate change 'triple threat' increases severe flooding risk in biggest US cities 

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Drought worries: should Edmonton re-think the front lawn?

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B.C. residents ‘drought shame’ neighbours as water rules tighten

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Decline in Albertans’ visits to provincial parks may be result of post-flood ‘confusion’ 

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New program launched to help Calgary businesses be disaster resilient

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Why drought is a dirty word in Alberta

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The tech industry is threatening to drink California dry

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Video: Thunder storms trigger flash flooding in Arizona

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A structure over ten feet high, in the middle of the river valley

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Web Content   

The July newsletter from the Elbow River Watershed is now available. Click here to read about their recent AGM. 

 

Visit the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative website to read updates from their recent town hall and to learn more about the importance of gravel bed rivers. Click here to read Discovering Life Under the River

 

RETROactive is the official blog of the Historic Resources Management Branch of Alberta Culture and Tourism. Click here to read the July 15th post titled The Lost Islands of Upper Kananaskis Lake.

 

WWF have just launched an online assessment of many Canadian Watersheds and the results are available in an interactive format. Click here to start exploring. 

 

Reports and Research

The City of Calgary is wrapping up their 2015 Flood Readiness awareness campaign to help Calgarians understand, prepare and stay informed on flood risk. They have updated inundation maps, the river flow rates, triggers and related effects and the new Flood Readiness Guide.

 

Canadian Water Network has released the report Assessing Cumulative Effects of Canadian Waters. Click here to download the report.

 

Click here to view the COSIA Water Environmental Priority Area Update.