PUBLISHED: 23 November 2021

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.

Guest Columnist: Water Matters

Oct 24, 2008
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Land-Use Planning for Watershed Health: Can Alberta’s Land-Use Framework Help? Managing the cumulative effects of land-use change is necessary for keeping our watersheds healthy. The problem is that there are few incentives for land-use decision makers to address cumulative effects in land-use planning at a regional or watershed scale (i.e., beyond municipal boundaries). Furthermore, there is no legislation in Alberta that…

Guest Columnist: CAPP

Sep 24, 2008
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Water Use by Alberta’s Upstream Oil and Gas Industry The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is the voice of the upstream oil and natural gas industry in Canada. CAPP represents 140 member companies who explore for, develop and produce more than 95 per cent of Canada’s natural gas, crude oil, oil sands and elemental sulphur. Water is an integral…

Guest Columnist: Juli Abouchar

Jul 5, 2008
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First Nations Water Opinion by Juli Abouchar, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP Across the country year after year, a disproportionate number of First Nations communities have Boil Water Advisories (BWA). The number fluctuates, but as of June 13, 2008, ninety five First Nations communities across Canada were under a BWA. Many of these communities have been on BWAs for…

Guest Columnist: Bill Berzins

May 30, 2008
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A Growing Debate – The Value of Water Opinion by Bill Berzins, President of Fossil Water “We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” Thomas Fuller could very well have been warning Albertans when he coined this popular phrase in 1732. Indeed, as Alberta’s rapid pace of development places new demands on an increasingly scarce resource,…

Guest Columnist: Michal C. Moore

May 29, 2008
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Can’t Get No Respect Opinion by Michal C. Moore Water. We can’t live without it, yet we waste it with abandon, we mis-price it, inefficiently allocate it, hoard it, corrupt it and refuse to share, just in case we might lose the historic right we have to it. In one of many paradoxical observations, most of the world is covered…

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