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The Government of Alberta has released Alberta’s Water Research and Innovation Strategy 2014: A Renewal. The strategy guides Alberta’s research and innovation system in responding to challenges faced by the province’s water resource system.

To view the document, see Innovation and Advanced Education’s website at:

Alberta’s Water Research and Innovation Strategy provides new direction and focus consistent with the continuing knowledge needs of Water for Life. It capitalizes on the strengths of researchers, practitioners and technology developers, and guides research investments. The Strategy promotes collaboration and action among government departments and other water-related organizations to integrate water research and innovation across research and policy domains.

Water for Life recognizes that achieving the goals of safe, secure drinking water; healthy aquatic ecosystems; and reliable quality water supplies for a sustainable economy, requires a strong foundation of knowledge gained through research and innovation. This is key to well-informed policy, management decisions, and water management practices.

Canada Water Week The Council of the Federation’s Excellence in Water Stewardship Award recognizes outstanding achievement, innovative practice and leadership in the area of water stewardship. The award is given to organizations, partnerships, businesses, institutions, municipalities, or community groups across Canada to recognize their contribution in helping Canadians and their governments to be responsible water stewards.

The award builds on the COF Water Charter, which was endorsed by Premiers in 2010 and which recognizes the collective obligation of Canadians and their governments to be responsible water stewards. The Award consists of a $1,000 grant, a certificate signed by the Premier of Alberta and a distinctive glass award.

More information about the Council of the Federation and the Water Charter is available at:

Guide to Reporting on Common Indicators Used in State of the Watershed Reports
Completing another key action of the Water for Life Action Plan, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (now Environment and Parks) recently released the above noted guide as a reference for groups reporting on conditions within their watershed. The guide sets out criteria and direction for consistent reporting on a subset of watershed health indicators commonly found in state of the watershed reports. The main audience for this document includes Alberta’s Watershed Stewardship Groups and Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils.

The Guide to Reporting on Common Indicators Used in State of the Watershed Reports is a companion document to the Handbook for State of the Watershed Reporting released by Alberta Environment in 2008.

The first draft of the National Research Agenda for Municipal Wastewater and Biosolids was completed in November 2011. The Canadian Water Network will use the research agenda to launch priority research projects in association with its Canadian Municipal Consortium. Interested parties are invited to review the revised research agenda and supporting materials and to complete a questionnaire.

Contributions are essential to make final revisions to the agenda before its public release. To view the agenda, see:

Water Canada magazine is pleased to launch Water’s Next 2012, their annual e-publication dedicated to recognizing Canadian leadership in water featuring good news stories about the remarkable work being done in Canada. To view the e-publication, see:

The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy has released their report Charting a Course: Sustainable Water Use by Canada’s Natural Resource Sectors.

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The Blue Economy Initiative is a new project that aims to shed light on the connection between water and our economy. The Initiative was founded by the Royal Bank of Canada, the Canadian Water Network, and the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation.

The Initiative has released the report, Running Through Our Fingers. The report is an attempt by two of Canada’s best environmental economists, Steven Renzetti and Diane Dupont, and award-winning journalist Chris Wood to quantify the value of water's contribution to the Canadian economy.

In the 25 years since a similar analysis was done, the country's economy has almost doubled, yet water's measured contribution to it has apparently declined. The paper makes it clear that we lack the data needed to properly account for this value and without it we may be letting our most valuable asset slip away.

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The Canadian Water Network is seeking interest from organizations involved in water policy and management to become actively involved and co-invest in research projects.

Becoming a partner with CWN means that research projects are developed to address your needs. It also brings you into contact with peers and other organizations with similar challenges, who are interested in similar outcomes and with whom you may be able to share both experience and investments.

CWN is currently receiving expressions of interest from the Canadian research community in two focus areas — municipal water management and securing source waters.

If your organization is interested in opportunities to advance knowledge in your areas of concern, and where joining co-investors might provide value, CWN invites you to participate in our partner-to-research matching forum this November.

To learn more and to find out how your organization can participate, please click on the area of interest below.

The Council of the Federation’s Water Stewardship Council has launched an online initiative called Canada’s Water InfoStream to enhance the co-operation and sharing of information on water at the national level. Canada’s Water InfoStream is an online listing of major provincial, territorial and federal government water resources. The online catalogue acts as a communications tool to help spread the word to researchers, policy makers and the public at large about water data and information relevant to their interests and needs, both locally and nationally.

The Guide to Groundwater Authorization clarifies the process applicants must follow when applying to divert groundwater. This updated guide lists the administrative and technical requirements that need to be met to obtain authorization to divert groundwater, directs applicants to a monitoring and reporting system where they can report the results of conditions attached to their authorization, and clarifies the distinction between replacement wells and supplementary wells.

For further information, see:

The Online Water Use Reporting System Instructional Video - This instructional video is intended to provide first-time users with a step-by-step guide on how to access the Online Water Use Reporting (WUR) System and how to enter their water use data online. To access the WUR System, users will require their PIN number and temporary enrolment ID provided to them by Alberta Environment and Parks’ Regulatory Approvals Centre. The Approvals Centre may be contacted at (780) 427-6311.

To view the video, see:

Water Use Reporting System – Water Measurement Guidebook - Water Use Reporting System allows licensees to report their water diversions online. The Guidebook provides a method for measuring water diversions for those licensees who do not have water meters. Data obtained will help better manage resources and establish baseline numbers against which improvements in conservation, efficiency, and productivity can be measured.

To view the Water Measurement Guidebook, see:

The newly revised Facts About Water In Alberta helps inform Albertans about the province’s water and some of the current challenges facing Alberta’s water resources. Through increased awareness and understanding, Albertans can act as stewards to protect and conserve our water resources ensuring the goals of Water for Life: Alberta’s Strategy for Sustainability are realized.

To view the booklet Facts about Water in Alberta, see:

Hardcopies may also be obtained by contacting the Information Centre at 310-ESRD (3773) or through email at:

 

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Updated: Dec 11, 2015