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.

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.

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On Thursday, June 25th water experts and enthusiasts from across the country converged in Vancouver, B.C. at the 6th annual Canadian Water Summit. The topic of this year’s conference was The Energy of Water: Exploring Nexus Opportunities which included remarks from the Honourable Mary Polak, B.C.’s Minister of Environment; Margaret Catley-Carlson, Patron at the Global Water Partnership, and; the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of B.C. amongst many others.  

While the day was full of information and interesting facts, there were five points that really stood out. The following are topics covered in either presentations or discussions at the conference.

There are many different uses, needs, industries and disciplines involved in water  which are influenced by separate values and meanings of its users. Essentially, you can have a biologist, lawyer and engineer working in the field of water for entirely different or similar reasons. As Alberta’s legislature welcomes both new and returning MLA’s, we’ve outlined 10 points that both politicians, and all Albertans, would benefit to know about water in Alberta.