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  • Improvements made under Water for Life Strategy, but future spending, new initiatives unclear | Blue Economy Initiative
    made its final allocations of the original 30 million grant to the AWRI the AI EES report says By the end of 2012 13 the projects associated with those funds will be completed The report notes that as part of its annual review of research institutes the AWRI s International Research Advisory Committee was pleased with the progress made in regard to research programs and the project portfolio They concluded that AWRI is an effective catalyst for intensive multi disciplinary research collaboration bringing together the natural and social sciences combined with engineering and technology to provide knowledge and information that is relevant to the development of progressive public policy and improved water management practices Despite the international advisory committee s positive review of AWRI however the AI EES annual report says that Effective April 30 2011 the AWRI s Management Advisory Board and the International Research Advisory Committee were disbanded The AI EES Board is examining the option of reconstituting an advisory group with water expertise According to AIEES s report Alberta s Minister of Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education has committed to appoint a new management board for AI EES s water resources strategy However a new board has yet to be appointed AI EES on its website lists water resources as one of four strategic focus areas for AI EES along with energy technologies renewable and emerging resources and environmental management In terms of water resources the strategic priority for AI EES is to support the Water for Life Goals for safe secure water healthy ecosystems and reliable water supplies the website says However the extent of the information about water resources on AI EES s website amounts to three paragraphs and four success stories all initiatives started five years ago by the Alberta Water Research Institute No new water resources initiatives are identified AI EES in an analysis of its 2010 11 performance by strategic area included in its annual report ranks Water Resources the lowest of its four strategic areas in terms of performance toward AI EES goals and targets Taylor now works as a special advisor to Alberta WaterSMART a not for profit organization committed to developing and improving the management of Alberta s water resources McQueen in her talk to the Canadian Water Summit didn t mention the provincial government reconstituting an advisory group with water expertise or appointing a new management board for water resources However she pointed to significant progress by industry in using water more efficiently The seven sectors usually referred to on Alberta water conservation sites are urban municipalities agricultural irrigation forestry upstream oil and gas downstream petroleum products power generation and chemical producers Farm irrigation efficiencies have increased significantly from 35 per cent in 1965 to about 74 per cent today and we expect to reach 90 per cent in the next 10 to 15 years McQueen noted In southern Alberta 54 different crops are grown under irrigation and without irrigation we would not have Taber corn sunflower seeds

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  • Canadian water needs value proposition for management to rise | Blue Economy Initiative
    is infrastructure If you invest in infrastructure it gets you votes and it gets you re elected he said in an interview during the recent Canadian Water Summit in Calgary If you invest in water for the environment and for the economy it is not as obvious he said In my mind that has been the weakness in the water strategy Many good ideas have been held back because of chronic underfunding Much of the provincial budget is directed to social needs like health and education Environment gets a lot of criticism but a lot of the criticism is unwarranted because they don t have the resources to do what they need to do he said He favours a public private partnership to fund research for better water management Twelve chief executive officers from leading oil and gas companies involved in the Alberta oilsands project recently formed a partnership to share information among themselves about improved environmental performance in the region They will not fund research projects but will exchange information on best practices and monitoring water efficiency results among themselves said Dan Wicklum CEO of Canada s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance Taylor hopes these groups and other major users come to appreciate the value of water Without it no economic or agricultural activity can happen Until we understand the true value of water I think we can have all the nice discussions we want but until we understand that I don t think a lot of these discussions will progress he said The value of water is a hard concept to sell because most Canadians do not face shortages or quality problems like other parts of the world About 2 7 billion people confront severe scarcity at least one month per year About 35 to 40 trillion is needed

    Original URL path: http://blue-economy.ca/othernews/canadian-water-needs-value-proposition-management-rise (2014-10-09)
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  • Let's Give it Currency: A new report attempts to determine water’s dollar value to the Canadian economy | Blue Economy Initiative
    Steven Renzetti and Diane P Dupont along with journalist Chris Wood revisited McMaster University economist Andrew Muller s 1985 study on water s socioeconomic value to the country Due to be released this November Running Through Our Fingers How Canada Fails to Capture the Full Value of its Top Asset is the result and the first in a series of reports commissioned by the Blue Economy Initiative Supported by the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation the Canadian Water Network and RBC s Blue Water Project the initiative aims is to provide information to Canadians and key decision makers about the economic benefits of protecting Canada s fresh water and the economic risks of neglecting the health of our watersheds Water Canada spoke with Brock University s Steven Renzetti to learn more about the team s findings It s been 25 years since Muller s study Why did you decide to revisit it Steven Renzetti At first it was pure academic curiosity We were curious to review what we ve learned since the initial report and how that might have changed the numbers Did you replicate the study using the same data What did you anticipate would change When Muller did his study he looked at the major water using sectors in Canada and what kind of empirical data were available indicating where he thought data was limited For that reason he deliberately omitted areas such as the value of ecosystem services We followed Muller s organization so our numbers could compare to his Based on this data we anticipated that the number would increase But that s not quite what you found Muller estimated between 7 5 and 23 billion equivalent to 15 to 44 billion in 2011 dollars while your report suggests that water is responsible for a contribution of between 7 8 and 22 9 billion The numbers are similar to Muller s but about half the value when compared in 2011 dollars Does that suggest that water s value to our economy has decreased It s very unlikely What s clear however is that the amount of information available to make such an estimate has changed very little The point of the study wasn t to demonstrate that water has become more valuable it was to discover where the gaps are We want to know about the benefits of using water but also the costs of diminishing water availability Where are the gaps In a perfect world what kind of data would be available Most importantly we want to determine the value of water in situ as it provides ecological goods and services such as the value of wetlands for carbon sequestration There are some isolated case studies that we mention in the report but they re not large or robust enough We have limited information That s the first major omission Secondly there s a lack of information about the value of water used in oil and gas extraction Environment Canada has carried out detailed surveys

    Original URL path: http://blue-economy.ca/othernews/lets-give-it-currency-new-report-attempts-determine-water%E2%80%99s-dollar-value-canadian-economy (2014-10-09)
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  • Strategic steps for a more competitive water sector lead the way to global opportunities | Blue Economy Initiative
    large numbers of people facing severe water stress and the threats of drought and floods to food production and it s clear water is the most serious challenge we face We can substitute batteries for oil in automobiles but there is no substitute for water So we face a water stressed world Need however equals opportunity The challenge is for Canada to contribute to water strategies and help the world meet the global water challenge How do we utilize our strengths the excellence of our engineering and technical graduates our proven academic research capabilities and our innovative companies that can deliver water goods and services to build up a strong water sector to generate new jobs and competitive companies while helping to meet the overarching global challenge Steps for a world water strategy First Canadians need to raise the level of understanding not only among policymakers but also among the wider public that there is an enormous challenge facing the world and that there is also a significant opportunity for Canada by strengthening our research base and the strength of our companies This is the first great challenge to identify our water champions who will provide the leadership to make Canada a water solutions country These champions must come not only from academia and our clean water companies but also from the user community our municipalities and businesses that need a safe and reliable water supply Water users have a significant stake in a solutions strategy There is the risk of complacency due to a widespread public assumption that Canada s abundant water supply means we don t face water challenges Yet Canada itself faces challenges to improve water quality and sanitation performance meet the threats of droughts and floods in agricultural lands ensure the efficient and sustainable use of water in energy and mining industries meet the water needs of First Nations and improve water efficiency and conservation technologies and practices in the economy and society Meeting domestic challenges through innovative solutions will strengthen the research base and the capabilities and competitiveness of Canadian water companies This means efforts to balance federal and provincial budgets must not come at the expense of research or improvements in water infrastructure Cutting these investments would mean a weaker future Canadian economy Research and infrastructure spending are investments in a more secure and sustainable future Ensuring water quality standards stretch water users including municipal water and wastewater systems and water intensive industries to meet world leading standards is another effective way to drive innovation and develop new skills Leading edge water quality and efficiency standards and full cost pricing would create a market for innovative water solutions It is important that the water user community be an early adopter of new technologies and practices Major engineering companies can play a big role providing opportunities to demonstrate and market new technologies Another challenge needs to be addressed How do we grow more small companies into mid size or large companies Canada is very successful

    Original URL path: http://blue-economy.ca/othernews/strategic-steps-more-competitive-water-sector-lead-way-global-opportunities?page=1 (2014-10-09)
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  • The Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy | Blue Economy Initiative
    sources do not obey political boundaries September 3 2010 Understanding the value of our water June 10 2010 Albertans have lost interest in public dialogue about water May 28 2010 previous 2 of 2 News Multimedia Other Related News The Importance of Water to the U S Economy PRINT Released by the Environmental Protection Agency s Office of Water in November 2013 this report seeks to a raise awareness of

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  • The Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy
    the U S Economy Released by the Environmental Protection Agency s Office of Water in November 2013 this report seeks to a raise awareness of water in relation to the U S economy and b report on information critical to managing water in a sustainable way within the context of economic growth January 9 2014 For further information and to download this report http water epa gov action importanceofwater index

    Original URL path: http://blue-economy.ca/print/204 (2014-10-09)
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  • Blue Economy Initiative | HEALTHY WATERS, A PROSPEROUS FUTURE
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  • Clueless but contented: Canadians and water | Blue Economy Initiative
    of Canadians have an inkling that someone in their house is re doing their work That I totally get I wait until my partner Terry is out of the kitchen before my re loading begins which I have to confess I undertake with an attitude that s half exasperation and half self righteousness Shameful secrets We cover a range of water issues in the poll and ask about shameful water behaviours like Who takes the longest showers What water wasting behaviours are the most irritating Who is most embarrassed to order tap water in restaurants How many people take an extra long shower just to relax The answers young people 18 34 when people water down their driveway in the summer young Torontonians and 21 of all Canadians Love that driveway Some of the questions in our poll might look oddball on the surface but our more serious ones actually expose some deeper rooted misconceptions about water in Canada For example one of the biggest sources of water pollution in urbanized areas is when storm water runs off hard impermeable surfaces like roads parking lots buildings and driveways Turns out that almost half of Canadians prefer a paved impermeable driveway rather than grass or permeable paving stones This makes sense in Canada I suppose given it s probably easier to shovel snow from an evenly paved surface than from cobble stones I live in a condo so what do I know But even after hearing that permeable surfaces reduce the negative implications of storm water runoff 53 of the paved driveway lovers said they wouldn t part with their pavement That number increases significantly among men over 55 go figure Municipal Infrastructure We hope our annual poll provides useful information to those who are responsible for maintaining our municipal water systems and incidentally 84 of Canadians think their municipality is doing a good job of providing good quality water Here s a finding that surprised us A whopping 78 of Canadians think that their local water infrastructure is in good condition needing only minor investment for upkeep That may not be a surprising statistic but it s a real head scratcher when you consider that four out of ten 42 confess that they re actually not very aware of the condition of the water and sewage infrastructure serving their home So what exactly are they basing their opinions on one has to wonder And given this how hard will it be for municipalities to defend and pay for the estimated 80 billion required to replace drinking water wastewater and storm water infrastructure that s been identified by municipalities themselves as less than good For more on this visit Canada as the Water Solutions Country Defining the Opportunities In many municipalities water distribution and sewage pipes can be up to 80 years old and have already reached the end of their service life Yet investments in water infrastructure maintenance are chronically underfunded and often deferred even in the best of economic

    Original URL path: http://blue-economy.ca/othernews/clueless-contented-canadians-and-water?page=1 (2014-10-09)
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