Water Conversation: Hinton

We had a great turnout of engaged and knowledgeable participants for Water Conversation in Hinton last night. Minister McQueen was on hand once again to speak with residents and open the session.

“Water is one of the most important conversations we can have right now,” said Minister McQueen during her opening remarks in Hinton last night. “Your input will inform policy direction, which is why we’re touring Alberta – to hear about the unique challenges in each region.”

Local MLA and Aboriginal Relations minister, Robin Campbell, also joined Minister McQueen to hear about the local issues. Here’s a summary of what was said.   

Photo of Minister McQueen at the Hinton water conversation

Minister McQueen greets water conversation participants in Hinton


In attendance: 43

Healthy lakes

  • We want to see planning that will protect lakes for seven generations
  • Need long-term accountability
  • Need state-of-the-art enforcement
  • Need water-basin approach to lakemgmt
  • What about rivers?
  • People should be a priority over industry
  • GOA should step up if federal government is loosening or relaxing regulatory or monitoring responsibilities


  • Make industry accountable; make industry pay for monitoring
  • Who is regulating fracturing? How many regulators?
  • Proceed with caution and rely on the latest science
  • We need to understand the geology
  • More public information, education and clarity needed
  • Some felt survey is too vague

Drinking water

  • Conservation is most important principle
  • Water must be affordable and available to all
  • An inventory of springs is needed
  • Shared management, shared capacity within systems is good way to proceed
  • Don’t stop this conversation

Water management

  • Conservation and education is essential
  • Protection and not reaction is the correct approach treat water as commodity, bring market forces to bear which may penalize waste or incentivize conservation
  • Need more people on the ground to ensure accountability
  • Also need transparent processes
  • Listen to mother natureCover of the Water Conversation guide

Hinton was our final stop on the water conversation tour this week. We’ll be on the road again next week visiting Camrose, Edmonton and Bonnyville in the north, and Pincher Creek, Okotoks and Lethbridge in the south.

If you’re unable to attend a community session in person, we encourage you to learn more through the conversation guide and provide your feedback through the online workbook.


Upcoming Sessions

Tues, February 26
Norsemen Inn
6505 – 48 Avenue
Tues, February 26
Pincher Creek
Heritage Inn
919 Waterton Ave & Hwy 6
Wed, February 27
Ramada Inn & Conf Centre
11834 Kingsway Avenue
Wed, February 27
Centennial Centre
4 – 204 Community Way
Thurs, February 28
Willow Prairie Hall
Hwy 41 & Hwy 55 (near La Corey)
Thurs, February 28
Lethbridge Lodge & Conf Centre
320 Scenic Drive

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