Water logging – the life of a limnologist

At Alberta and Environment and Sustainable Resources, we love the opportunity to celebrate our environment. This week is National Water Week and as we reflect we wanted to highlight one of the amazing water-focused jobs we have right here in Alberta, the job of a limnologist.

What is a limnologist?

It’s a question that may not come up at most people’s dinner tables. A limnologist is a person who studies fresh, inland water including lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. The focus of their studies is generally water quality and the movement of water and aquatic life.

What does a limnologist do?

Monitoring water quality and health is the core work of a limnologist. They provide scientific and technical expertise in water quality management and often work closely with the Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils to help them move toward their water management plan.

Part of being a limnologist is striving to work with the Water for Life strategy which encompasses safe, secure drinking water, healthy aquatic ecosystems and reliable water quality supplies for a sustainable economy. They also work with approvals which involves reviewing Water Act applications.

How do they work with stakeholders?

The government has five regional limnologists throughout the province. Because water is a complex thing to manage, limnologists work closely with the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency, the Alberta Energy Regulator, hydrologists and groundwater specialists to make sure they have the best possible understanding of one of our province’s most precious resources.

According to one of the department limnologists, Jana Tondu, the best part of her job is, “The satisfaction of being able to protect something that is vital to all life.”

A limnologist is just one of the many people that are working to ensure a healthy, secure and sustainable water supply for Albertans. Please visit the Environment and Sustainable Resource Development website for more information on what government is doing for our water resources.

Water Conversation: Fort Chipewyan

Earlier this month, residents of Fort Chipewyan joined the final community Water Conversation to share their thoughts on how water should be managed for the future. Here is a summary of what they had to say.

Fort Chipewyan

Attendees: 14, including representatives of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and the Mikisew Cree First Nation

Healthy lakes

  • It’s important to speak with local people, who understand what’s happening with the water and on the land.
  • Action is needed now – it doesn’t matter which level of government completes the work – provided the work gets done.
  • Part of having healthy lakes is monitoring air emissions, which can pollute water from hundreds of kilometres away. 
  • Attendees are concerned about the impact of B.C.’s Site C dam on the health of lakes in the region.
  • Attendees are also concerned about the recent spills that have impacted lakes.

Drinking water and wastewater systems

  • Safe drinking water is a right for all living in Alberta.
  • Information collected about the impacts of industry on the quality of drinking water must be made available to local residents and the public.
  • Quality drinking water is important not just for the people in the region, but the fish and wildlife, as well.
  • Important that local trappers and hunters be engaged to provide input.

Hydraulic fracturing

  • Attendees were looking for clarification about what hydraulic fracturing is and whether it was occurring in the region.
  • More information is needed on the topic.

Water management

  • Participants indicated that there should be a way for polluters of Alberta’s waterway to loose their “first in time, first in right” priority.
  • Alberta’s First Nations must be consulted with about B.C.’s Site C dam project.
  • Concern expressed about the amount of water being used by industry and industrial impact on wildlife.

Next Steps

Ideas shared during community conversations, through email and online workbook submissions, will be compiled into a “what we heard” report to be released this summer.

Thank you for taking the time to join the Water Conversation.

Water Conversation: Canmore

Canmore residents braved snow and icy roads to join the Water Conversation on March 21 to share their thoughts on Alberta’s water future. It was a positive session with great conversation and insightful feedback.

Although we only have one last community conversation, Fort Chipewyan on April 3, we still encourage you to learn more about the four priority topics in the conversation guide and provide your feedback through the online workbook before April 12.

Here’s a summary of what Canmore residents had to say.

Canmore

In attendance: 14

Healthy Lakes

  • A provincial framework for lakes would be good, but it must interface with regional plans and watershed guidance
  • Need holistic, integrated approach that incorporates entire watersheds, reservoirs, and ecosystems
  • Mandatory setbacks should be established for lakeshore developments
  • Wastewater management in areas around lakes a recurring issue
  • General lack of enforcement is an issue
  • Concerns about proposal to manage with P3s, particularly with respect to monitoring; government should monitor to ensure transparency
  • Stewardship groups should be utilized, given more funding and training

Drinking and wastewater systems

  • Equitable supply of drinking water for all Albertans should be a top priority
  • Ecological approach to service delivery – the most ecologically friendly approach, not the most economic one, is the best
  • Geographic approach is good, as long as it incorporates regional watersheds and the flexibility to deal with local issues
  • Systems should be scalable for communities of different sizes
  • Protect the quantity and quality of source waters
  • Regional planning should be integrated across government
  • Need more monitoring and enforcement around wells, septic systems to ensure security of groundwater
  • Water conservation and recycling should be a priority
  • Geographic systems should be made available for First Nations

Hydraulic fracturing

  • Need a provincial groundwater strategy, applied regionally
  • Need objective education, messages, and messengers
  • Potential for a provincial ombudsman role
  • Transparency is important, particularly with regard to risk
  • Property owners should be compensated for the disruption of aquifers on their land
  • Conversation about fracturing needs to happen between adults
  • Role for synergy groups
  • Pace of fracturing developments should not exceed pace of base, monitoring system developments
  • Take a conservative approach to water use in fracturing – appreciate that water is a finite resource

Water management

  • Water storage a main issue – need better management of this, particularly in light of climate change
  • Need to adjust allocation system – the current system decreases efficiency while increasing risk and uncertainty for users
  • Allocation system should incorporate public good assessments of use
  • In-stream flow should meet aquatic ecosystem demand
  • Need to integrate, not duplicate, existing ‘people infrastructure’ (WPACs, lake stewardship groups)
  • It’s not that we face a lack of water management information – we have more information than ever before. Challenge is to share information and establish collective understanding, decision-making, and accountability.

Upcoming Sessions

Join the conversation online by following us on Twitter or using the #abwater hashtag.

Wed, April 3
Fort Chipewyan
Location TBA, details will be posted on our website.
 

AUMA honoured on World Water Day

Today is World Water Day.  It’s been 20 years since the United Nations first declared March 22 as an international day to raise awareness of water issues and the sustainable management of our freshwater resources through events and initiatives.

As people around the globe join the festivities, one group of Albertans has an extra reason to celebrate.  The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) is our province’s recipient of the inaugural Excellence in Water Stewardship Award, recognizing their achievements in stewardship and conservation.

The Council of Federations for Water Stewardship – a committee of all 13 provinces and territories – established this award to honour groups or individuals who have successfully demonstrated the Canada Water Charter Principles of excellence, leadership and innovation.

Photo of the Water Stewardship Award presented to AUMA

AUMA will be presented with a $1,000 grant and this
hand-blown glass trophy

AUMA has shown significant leadership by advancing the Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity Plan to help communities develop and implement their own plans to safeguard this vital resource. The potential benefits of these plans include: decreased water demand, wastewater volumes, and treatment and distribution costs, and improved infrastructure performance. Efforts to actively engage members through the online water portal have also made AUMA an outstanding choice.

AUMA is one of seven sectors committed to developing water conservation, efficiency and productivity plans, and we commend them for their efforts.

In Alberta, we understand the importance of water and recognize our obligation to be responsible water stewards.  This award is part of a larger strategy to improve water stewardship by fostering best practices across Canada and rewarding leadership.

Congratulations to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association and its members for your outstanding achievement!

Water Conversation: Calgary

The Water Conversation tour stopped in Alberta’s largest city last night.  Representatives from Idle No More, Council of Canadians, Raging Grannies, and the Green Party joined Calgarians and First Nations to discuss the future of our water. 

If you’re unable to attend a community session in person, we encourage you to learn more about the four priority topics in the conversation guide and provide your feedback through the online workbook before April 12.

Here’s a summary of what was discussed in Calgary.

Calgary

In attendance: 122

Healthy lakes

  • Focus on holistic watershed management approach 
  • More education needed on public’s role in maintaining lake ecosystem health
  • Need consistent regulatory framework – too many plans, but they not consistent or comprehensive 
  • Should be subset clauses for developments – grandfathering should not always be automatic 
  • Public-private partnerships (P3s) not good tool for lake management
  • Idea of a provincial water body to regulate lakes was discussed 
  • First Nations lake use rights need to be respected
  • Concerns about water quality, nutrient flow
  • Enforcement needs more ‘teeth’
  • Incentives recommended for good stewardship

Drinking water and wastewater systems

  • Users should pay, both with respect to pollution (should pay to clean it up) and with respect to taking water out of the system 
  • Need equitable access to fresh drinking water for all Albertans
  • Government should manage these systems, not privatize them
  • More collaboration needed among all levels of government 
  • More First Nations consultations needed
  • Education is important – need to educate public about the effects of particular water use choices

Hydraulic fracturing

  • Place a higher value on water use (companies should pay more for use) and increase penalties 
  • Groundwater mapping – more progress needed 
  • Call for a moratorium on fracking (some wanted a moratorium until we have Baseline data, others until we have better technology, others indefinitely)
  • Stop the use of freshwater for fracturing operations
  • Monitoring should be made mandatory for deep well operations 
  • Need more information on how the single regulator will operate 
  • More First Nations consultation needed; rights should be respected

Water management

  • Water storage and quality are important issues and will become even more important with future climate change:  we must plan for the future now
  • We need to measure to manage water – need better measurement tools for groundwater, etc.
  • Need to ensure transparency and accessibility of data 
  • Better use of grey water, storm water needed 
  • Wetlands management an important component of water management 
  • Confirmation of government’s commitment to not sell our water
  • FITFIR should be on the table
  • More First Nations consultations needed; rights should be respected 

Upcoming Sessions

Join the conversation online by following us on Twitter or using the #abwater hashtag.

Thurs, March 21
Canmore
Radisson Hotel & Conf Centre
511 Bow Valley Trail
5 – 8 p.m.
Wed, April 3
Fort Chipewyan
Location TBA

Water Conversation: Drumheller

The Water Conversation kicked off the last week of community sessions in Drumheller on March 19. During his opening remarks, Dana Woodworth, Deputy Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, thanked participants for taking the time to influence the future of their own community and their own resource.

If you’re unable to attend a community session in person, we encourage you to learn more about the four priority topics in the conversation guide and provide your feedback through the online workbook before April 12.

Drumheller

In attendance: 25

Healthy lakes

  • Must maintain both quality and quantity of lakes and watersheds
  • Use all mechanisms to do this – education, monitoring, enforcement, and legislation
  • Reservoir health is important
  • Need better regulations for lakeshore developments
  • Need a consistent framework, clear authority to manage lakes province-wide – lake by lake approach is not sufficient
  • Prescriptive versus subjective approaches to management – look at both of these
  • Need greater transparency

Hydraulic fracturing

  • Need to enhance regulatory framework
  • More transparent, accessible info needed for laypeople
  • Finger-printing for aquifers, wells
  • Must use saline and low quality water sources first
  • More monitoring of groundwater, aquifers is needed
  • Government should incentivize partnerships between users to maximize efficiency of water use
  • Bottom line: we need to protect water and ecosystem health

Drinking water and wastewater systems

  • Conservation important – we need to use more gray water
  • More consistent monitoring and enforcement for systems that have semi-regular users (youth camps was the specific example that came up)
  • Geographic approach is acceptable as long as the focus continues to be on local realities
  • P3s are not a viable solution for delivery of these services
  • If government proposes standardized changes/upgrades, government should be responsible for costs and delivery of changes
  • Infrastructure and operating costs are different and both need to be accounted for

Water management

  • Need to protect waters in rivers – in-stream flow
  • Need to enhance water storage and consider all possible mechanisms to do this
  • Transfers – need to consider end-use (role for government to do this)
  • Incentivize conservation – this requires being able to measure usage

Upcoming Sessions

Join the conversation online by following us on Twitter or using the #abwater hashtag.

Wed, March 20
Calgary
Marriot Courtyard Calgary Airport
2500 – 48 Avenue NE
5 – 8 p.m.
Thurs, March 21
Canmore
Radisson Hotel & Conf Centre
511 Bow Valley Trail
5 – 8 p.m.

Water Conversation: Red Deer and Fort McMurray

Residents shared their experiences and ideas at the Water Conversations in Red Deer and Fort McMurray on March 14.  Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations and Red Deer-South MLA, Call Dallas and Minister of Accountability, Transparency and Transformation and Fort McMurray-Conklin MLA, Don Scott, also participated in the conversations, which produced great feedback.

Here’s a summary of what was said.

Red Deer

In attendance: 72

Healthy Lakes

  • The entire watershed needs to be considered
  • Increase the collaboration of stakeholders, government departments and users
  • Need more education and awareness to help all Albertans understand the impact they have on the health of lakes and the actions they can take to improve
  • Lakes should be managed locally, but include provincial standards for septic systems and setbacks

Drinking water and wastewater systems

  • System is working, do not fix what isn’t broken
  • No to privatization, water should not be sold for profit or managed by third parties
  • Regionalization should take into account the different needs of the regions
  • Forward thinking and long-term planning is needed

Hydraulic fracturing

  • What are the long-term impacts; should development be slowed down until there is more information?
  • Is baseline testing adequate enough to fully understand the current state?
  • More information needs to be shared – concerns that information is being withheld, would like more communication between industry and landowners
  • Concerns that landowners will have fewer options under the single regulator

Water management

  • Water that remains in the water cycle should be treated differently than water that is lost
  • Water is not a commodity, unused allocations should be evaluated and reallocated
  • Regional planning and management could be enhanced

Fort McMurray

In attendance: 10

Healthy Lakes

  • Education and awareness needed on impacts of human activity on lakes
  • Watershed management is essential to ensuring healthy lakes.
  • A blanket lake management policy would not necessarily reflect the uniqueness of individual lakes

Drinking water and wastewater systems

  • Learn from other jurisdictions to streamline standards and systems
  • Stringent conservation needed to accommodate population growth
  • More resources needed for treatment facilities
  • ‘User-pay’ policy could be beneficial

Hydraulic fracturing

  • More information and understanding around the topic
  • Be proactive and cautious about dealing with issue
  • Public confidence required
  • Connectivity of watershed
  • Increase monitoring of oil and gas operating needs

Water management

  • Optimizing high peak flows by increasing storage capacity
  • Overarching policy needed
  • Collaborative and collective response between common groups
  • Transparency and open data needed for future planning

Upcoming Sessions

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.

We also invite you to join the conversation online by following us on Twitter or using the #abwater hashtag.

Tues, March 19
Drumheller
Jurassic Inn
1103 Hwy #9 South
5 – 8 p.m.
Wed, March 20
Calgary
Marriot Courtyard Calgary Airport
2500 – 48 Avenue NE
5 – 8 p.m.
Thurs, March 21
Canmore
Radisson Hotel & Conf Centre
511 Bow Valley Trail
5 – 8 p.m.
Wed, April 3
Fort Chipewyan
Location TBA

Water Conversation: Rocky Mountain House and Slave Lake

The second leg of the Water Conversation kicked off in Rocky Mountain House and Slave Lake on March 12, where residents, local water stewards and municipal representatives came out to share their thoughts on the future of Alberta’s water.

Minister McQueen joined the table discussions in Rocky Mountain House and was pleased with the passion and input from the participants.  Here’s a summary of what they had to say.

Rocky Mountain House

In attendance: 35

Healthy lakes

  • Need to consider lake health by looking at overall health of watershed
  • Consider the source of pollutants in lakes
  • Lake health is often a local issue, often only of concern to residents or those who enjoy the area for recreation
  • Do we need umbrella group, unified and coordinated approach to address issues surrounding lake health?
  • A coordinated approach involving all the western provinces might be considered
  • Regional planning is a way to guide a provincial approach

Drinking water and wastewater systems

  • General support for geographical approach but it must be responsive to local needs
  • Need more study on groundwater supplies, more monitoring, more impact assessments
  • May need to look at making greater use of grey water
  • Consider rain water capture
  • Systems and requirements may change but resources for municipalities stay the same
  • Regular testing is essential to ensure quality
  • Regulatory systems can’t be one size fits all
  • Adequate quantity and quality for all before industry or other uses
  • We have to value water to ensure future supply
  • Government role to ensure sustainability and quality and enforce standards
  • WPACs should be adequately funded for valuable study
  • More environmental monitoring
  • Ensure adequate storage
  • Ensure watershed protection

Hydraulic fracturing

  • Practice of hydraulic fracturing around a long time and plays important role in resource development
  • Conservation of fresh water a priority
  • Making industry pay will drive efficiencies
  • Questions about number of inspections, criteria for inspections, carried out annually by ERCB
  • Agriculture and industry are inter-dependent and must communicate and cooperate about land and water use
  • If industry can’t carry out its activities without the use of chemicals, it should halt proceedings until it can

Water management

  • Make it easy for people to understand what is being allocated and where
  • Consider full water cycle when making allocation decisions
  • Impact of forestry on watershed is understated – forestry impacting natural storage, impact seen in flooding
  • Education needed to change the way we use water
  • Questions about amount of water drawn by industry from aquifiers without sufficient knowledge about state of aquifier
  • Concern about water allocation hoarders, primarily Edmonton and Calgary
  • Open up conversation about allocation process
  • Need better support, funding for local water, land groups
  • Price would be effective measure to reduce consumption

Slave Lake

In attendance: 23

Healthy Lakes

  • Polluter should pay for damage
  • Lots of discussions have been had – time for action

Drinking water and wastewater systems

  • Include ecosystem management in school curriculum
  • Partnerships are important to source protection
  • Lots of positives to regional planning
  • Integrated management
  • Time to take action

Hydraulic fracturing

  • Albertans need more information and transparency
  • Should look for ways to use non-potable water
  • Water quality should come before economics

Water management

  • Emphasis on regional planning – listen to local knowledge
  • Protect watershed and ecosystem
  • Drinking water should not be used by industry
  • Need to take action now – we’ve talked enough
  • Start with small steps, if necessary

Upcoming Sessions

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.

We also invite you to join the conversation online by following us on Twitter or using the #abwater hashtag.

Wed, March 13
Thorsby
Thorsby Community Centre
4813 – 49 Street
5 – 8 p.m.
Thurs, March 14
Fort McMurray
Sawridge Inn & Conf Centre
530 MacKenzie Blvd
5 – 8 p.m.
Thurs, March 14
Red Deer
iHotel (formerly Holiday Inn)
6500 – 67 Street
5 – 8 p.m.

Hydraulic fracturing and water

Albertans can be proud of the role that energy development has played in the prosperity we enjoy today and its role in realizing a prosperous future.  As a government, we are committed to developing oil and gas resources in a safe, sustainable way to benefit all Albertans.

Recent advances in technology have made accessing “unconventional” energy resources more economical.  Hydraulic fracturing is one such technology.

Graphic shows the cross section of a shall gas well bore. Image courtesy of CAPP

Cross section of a shale gas well bore.

“Fracking” is not new in Alberta.  Nearly 171,000 wells have been drilled since the technology was first introduced in the 1950s.  We have a proven safety record based on 60 years of experience and a comprehensive regulatory system that we continue to review and improve as we respond to new technology, knowledge and research.

Experiences in other parts of North America, and a growing awareness of the potential demands for water has raised the interests and questions among Albertans about what this could mean for us.  Whether it is about overall water use, or concerns about what it could mean to water supply, it is clear that citizens want to talk about the potential impacts, which is why it’s one of the topics of Alberta’s water conversation.

To date, multi-stage hydraulic fracturing has been isolated far below fresh groundwater supplies.  There are strict regulations in place to ensure groundwater is protected and as technology evolves, techniques improve.

Currently in Alberta:

  • Fracture fluid must be disposed of safely, and is prohibited from being released into the environment.
  • Limits are placed on the horizontal and vertical distance of fracturing activities from water wells.
  • Casing and cementing requirements form an impenetrable barrier between fluids in the wellbore and the adjacent rock formations and useable aquifers.
  • Chemicals and total water used are reported and available to the public through the FracFocus online portal or by contacting ERCB.
Photo of workers drilling a new water monitoring well

Drilling a new water monitoring well

In addition to strict regulations, groundwater is being mapped and water quality and quantity is being tested by adding more monitoring wells to the Groundwater Observation Well Network.

  • This spring, 16 new monitoring wells will be added in areas where hydraulic fracturing is occurring.
  • Baseline water well testing programs for Coalbed Methane are available to assure landowners in proximity of unconventional resource development that their water well supplies are protected.

We are committed to the responsible development of our energy resources.  Protecting our water quality and minimizing water use during hydraulic fracturing operations is our main priority.  Work to enhance our existing policies is underway, but we want to know your thoughts and ideas on how to enable hydraulic fracturing while safeguarding our water supplies.

Some key questions are:

  • Going forward, what environmental principles should we follow in regulating hydraulic fracturing?
  • What specific programs or practices would reassure you that water is being protected?Cover of the Water Conversation guide

Alberta’s water belongs to all Albertans.  How it’s managed and protected should be discussed. We encourage you to participate in the water conversation:

We look forward to hearing from you!

Videos

Steve Wallace, groundwater policy expert with Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

Hydraulic fracturing animated demonstration video courtesy of Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Water Conversation: Edmonton and Okotoks

 Hundreds of Albertans attended the water conversation in Edmonton and Okotoks last night.  It was great to hear so many different ideas and perspectives. 

Minister McQueen gave the closing remarks in Okotoks, where she spoke about the importance of local involvement as we work to build a 50-year plan that will benefit us, and future generations.  A number of Ministers and local MLAs joined the conversation in Edmonton; Doug Horner, Heather Klimchuk, Stephan Khan, Janice Sarich, David Dorwood and Maureen Kubinec.

Edmonton

In attendance: 186

Healthy lakes

  • Government must be prepared to make difficult decisions for the greater good – too much focus on industry
  • Need clarity about who does what when it comes to lakes
  • We already know what to do, so just do it

Drinking water and wastewater systems

  • Clean drinking water is a right – human use should trump industry
  • Need a strategy for funding infrastructure
  • Full cost accounting needed
  • Education about the real cost of high quality water is needed
  • Need to recognize the importance of wetlands
  • Important to use natural treatment method
  • Fluoride should not be in drinking water

Hydraulic fracturing

  • Lack of understanding of the topic
  • Want more transparency and information
  • Important to have information based in science
  • Generally liked the concept of greater monitoring and transparency for hydraulic fracturing
  • Some would like to stop hydraulic fracturing, others enjoy benefits of development
  • Ensure promotion of water conservation, and stop using fresh water

Water management

  • Water is for Albertans
  • Action needed now, not far in the future
  • Need more science-based information to make decisions
  • Full cost accounting should include costs to the environmental
  • Water management is more than just river flows – it must also include lakes, wetlands, groundwater, etc.
  • Need to look at future implications of water management, such as climate change
  • Credibility of government and industry – need to build trust

Okotoks

In attendance: 81

Healthy lakes

  • Wetlands should be included in this topic – should look at big picture of ecosystem
  • Need to look at all users of different water bodies, and different purposes; not just for irrigation or recreation
  • Better definitions of what water bodies are, what this would cover
  • Get better baseline date on what want to manage
  • Get better handle on pollutants entering lake systems
  • Appetite for provincial guidelines to create consistency, but recognize uniqueness of each region, lakes in each area are different
  • Concerns about enforcement: make sure resources in place to police
  • Need for consistency

Drinking water and wastewater systems

  • Clean water should be available to all Albertans
  • Protect sources of clean water
  • More work needed on understanding supply of water
  • Focus on wetlands, they have important role in clean water
  • Provide more management of water at watershed level
  • Concerns about inequities: access to clean water different in regions, cities versus rural
  • Allocations to industry versus allocations to people: people should have highest priority
  • Benefits to collaboration among regions, important to maintain local control over local resources
  • Need incentives to conserve, versus disincentives to not conserve

Hydraulic fracturing

  • Update conservation policy
  • Groundwater mapping important, need to continue to better understand
  • Do we understand enough about fracturing and impacts on water?
  • Encourage asking oil and gas to use more saline water
  • Encourage increasing baseline testing
  • Transparency of information, especially what is most important to know: how does it impact my well, who do I call if it does, what happens if my well becomes contaminated, who is accountable and what happens?

Water management

  • Protected water in river basins, base decisions on science
  • Storage not just human, but natural options
  • Allocation transfer systems not clear
  • Consider what watersheds use for in allocations, uses change over
  • time
  • Water conservation: incentives and rewards systems needed, think differently about water

Upcoming Sessions

The water conversation tour stops in Bonnyville and Lethbridge today and will take a break next week before resuming in SlaveLake and Rocky Mountain House on March 12.

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

Join us for a live Twitter chat on Wednesday, March 6 from 12-1:30 p.m. Send us your questions to @AENV_SRD and follow the conversation by using the #abwater hashtag.

Thurs, February 28
Bonnyville
Willow Prairie Hall
Hwy 41 & Hwy 55 (near La Corey)
Thurs, February 28
Lethbridge
Lethbridge Lodge & Conf Centre
320 Scenic Drive
Tues, March 12
Slave Lake
Slave Lake Inn & Conf Centre
1200 Main Street SW
Tues, March 12
Rocky Mountain House
Lou Soppit Community Centre
4733 – 54 Avenue