October 31, 2013

Integrating Wetlands in Municipal Planning: Alberta County Becomes Newest Wetland Restorarion Agency

Dawn Rosset knows there’s a fine balance between crop production and retaining wetlands in Alberta. “Wetlands sometimes get looked at as wastelands in terms of agricultural production,” said Rosset. “We need to inform people that there is value and benefit to leaving wetlands on the landscape.” Rosset is the Wetland Coordinator at County of Vermilion River, the first rural municipality in…

October 30, 2013

Finding Solutions for Growth: Constructed Wetlands Part of a Healthy City

For the City of Edmonton wetlands are a critical component of both its support for biodiversity and water quality management. Edmonton’s rapid growth over recent decades has lead to great transformation of the city’s human-dominated landscape. One of the City’s new challenges is the need to manage the additional storm water runoff from commercial and residential development with the City’s…

October 25, 2013

Preserving the Landscape: Minimizing Wetland Impact seen as First Step to Retention in Alberta

Wetlands provide many benefits to society and are important to Alberta’s landscape. “Alberta is a very important location for wetlands,” said Barry Bishop, Head of Alberta Conservation Programs with Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC). “Historically in its pristine state, the wetland density that we had in this province rivaled that of anywhere in the world, and our boreal area in the north is basically…

June 27, 2013

Identifying the Trade-Offs within the Alberta Irrigation Sector Over the Next 25 Years

Irrigation is the largest consumptive use of water in Alberta. Approximately 640,000 hectares of Alberta’s agricultural land are irrigated, with about 540,000 hectares located in the 13 Irrigation Districts and the remainder under private irrigation schemes. Given expected increases in the global demand for food, the irrigated area in Alberta’s Irrigation District is expected to increase by an…

June 10, 2013

Alberta Land Institute hosts info session

Alberta Land Institute (ALI) will be holding an information session this Thursday, June 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. in CCIS 5-204 to answer any questions that potential research teams may have about ALI’s Call for Proposals for the following research topics: Assessing the Current Governance Framework for Land-use Planning in Alberta Municipal Revenue Generation and Implications for Land Use and Environmental…