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.

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

Wabamun Lake 
"Wabamun Lake" by Sean_Marshall is licenced under CC BY 2.0. No changes were made to this photo.      


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! 

On June 4, 2015, Alberta WaterSMART released the Room for the River in the Red Deer River Basin – Advice to the Government of Alberta report and asked stakeholders and the general public for their comments, concerns, thoughts and feedback.