Fort McMurray Today - September 20

Indigenous people, environmentalists and others from local communities concerned about protecting groundwater in northeast Alberta are gathering this weekend in Anzac for the Keepers of the Athabasca Watershed Council conference and workshop. The event, which is expected to attract some 75 people from the local Wood Buffalo communities as well as from those as south as Cold Lake, is focusing on all impacts to the river, but primarily the oilsands. The impacts include pulp and paper activities and agriculture.

Formed under the auspices of the government's Water for Life strategy, the multi-stakeholder non-profit group is expected to be fully in place by 2010, according to Alberta Environment spokeswoman Cara Van Marc. The council is charged with assessing the conditions of the watershed and developing plans and activities to address watershed issues. A watershed management plan is to be completed by 2014.  Click here to read more.