Water Conversation

Join the water conversation

Let's talk water!  As Albertans, we all expect water – our most important resource – to be managed and protected so we can enjoy a healthy environment and high quality of life, today and in the future.

Strong water policy and the Water for Life strategy have served our province well, thanks in large part to input from Albertans. 

But Alberta is growing - fast.  We must start planning now to ensure our water resources meet the future needs of our environment, economy and people. 

Your Role

This is the beginning of an ongoing discussion on the future of Alberta’s water.  Your ideas will help shape the strategic direction on four priority areas:

Outcomes will also guide additional provincial strategies; including:

  • Regional planning under the Land-use Framework; and
  • Development of an Integrated Resource Management System that sets and achieves the environmental, economic and social outcomes of resource development.

Certain options are not under consideration:

  • Our water will not be sold to other jurisdictions; and
  • The current water priority licence system of “first in time, first in right”.

Next Steps

The consultation phase is now over. Ideas shared during the community sessions, through emails and online workbook submissions will be compiled into a "What we heard" report to be released this summer.

 

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