Water News

Alberta Water News is a free, subscription based service that provides the latest information on water news across Alberta and upcoming events.

The news is distributed twice weekly (Tuesday and Thursday) via a collated email and Monday to Friday via WaterPortal social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google+). Subscribe here for the free service, or follow the WaterPortal on your preferred social media platform.

The Guardian

Continually dumping crushed rocks from a bulk carrier along a Great Barrier Reef shipping route could counteract the acidification of ocean water caused by fossil fuel burning, but would come with unknown side effects on the marine environment and coral reefs, according to a study from Australia’s science agency. Click here to continue reading

The Guardian

Dead marine life, including beach worms and pipis, found on a beach on the New South Wales mid-north coast has been blamed on aerial spraying of bitou bush around the Seal Rocks area. Click here to continue reading

The Guardian

In Sin City, one thing that will soon become unforgivable is useless grass. A new Nevada law will outlaw about 40% of the grass in the Las Vegas area in an effort to conserve water amid a drought that is drying up the region’s primary water source: the Colorado River. Click here to continue reading

Global News

Calgary city officials anticipate water levels on the Bow River to drop beginning Monday after a heat wave contributed to a rapidly melting snowpack last week. Flood watch advisories put in place for the Bow River upstream of Banff, including Lake Louise and the Pipestone River, were lifted Monday. Click here to continue reading

Calgary Herald

A sweltering week in southern Alberta has led to rising water levels as mountain snowpacks melt. The recent heat wave led to advisories and watches across the province, including in Calgary and the Banff area. Click here to continue reading

Global News

A Calgary woman says the quick actions of a group of strangers all helped in avoiding a tragedy on the Bow River this week. Amy Barton and her eight-year-old daughter Juniper were kayaking with a family friend on the Bow River Thursday evening when they noticed some young people jumping off bridges by Bowmont Park. Click here to continue reading

Global News

People in the areas hit by Saturday’s severe storm and tornado in Alberta are surveying the damage left behind. High winds and hail pummeled regions south and east of Calgary, from High River to Brooks, leaving trees toppled and branches strewn. Brooks was hit by a severe storm around 3 p.m., with wind gusts reaching 99 kilometres an hour, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada. Click here to continue reading

Global News

A female moose calf is lucky to be alive after a dramatic rescue on the Sheep River, just outside of Calgary. Earlier this week, off-duty Calgary firefighter Scott Linton was kayaking with his friend Benny Clark — who paddles for a living — when they spotted something in the water, clearly in distress. Click here to continue reading

Red Deer Advocate

A weather advisory is currently in effect for much of central Alberta, as conditions are favourable for the development of funnel clouds. “Funnel clouds are expected to develop from Red Deer northeastward toward Lloydminster,” states the Environment Canada advisory. Click here to continue reading

The Western Producer

Recent precipitation across the Prairies has been described as a billion-dollar rainfall, coming just in time to alleviate widespread drought concerns for now. Rainfall of generally 25 millimetres or more fell throughout the parched grainbelt in all three provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba through the May long weekend, and some areas also received wet snow. Click here to continue reading

CBC News

Flood-watch advisories were put into effect on Friday morning for the Bow River upstream of Banff including Lake Louise and the Pipestone River, but an expert says it isn't the time to worry about serious flooding in Alberta — unless heavy rain occurs. Click here to continue reading