Alberta’s Water Challenges Issues and Opportunities 2015

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Proper water management is essential for the future environmental, social and economic prosperity of Alberta. To this end, objectives in Alberta’s current water policies and legislation enable improvements for water management and environmental stewardship. For example, the 1999 Water Act continues to provide the legislative framework for implementing the Water for Life strategy, although some clarification is needed on water licence transfers, stormwater use and water reuse to optimize the utilization of water, particularly in water- short basins. Collaborative water management in each of Alberta’s 11 major watersheds, involving all those with an interest in the utilization of water in the watershed, is the best way of ensuring improved water management.

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