Significant government policy and strategy developments such as the Cumulative Effects Management System; Land-use Framework; and climate change, energy and oil
sands strategies over the last five years depend on a reliable water supply and supporting water allocation management system.
There is a changing policy context in the province, toward regional land use planning and cumulative effects management, which reflects and balances the public
interest. It is time to develop a renewed water allocation policy that enables proactive decision-making and risk management.
The Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) and the proposed current work with cumulative effects management systems speak to the need to develop policy
that addresses regional needs within the province. The Water Act recognizes seven water basins in the province, each with its own unique characteristics.
A policy for a renewed Water Allocation System will have to be both province-wide – to fit within the province’s changing policy context, and place-based – to effectively
manage for unique basin characteristics and regional expressions of the public interest advanced under ALSA and the Land-use Framework.
Updated: May 16, 2017