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  • A sustainable water strategy is good for business | Blue Economy Initiative
    realising the true cost of water it s not just what you pay on your water bill she says Leading lettuce producer JE Piccaver has come at the issue of water use from a different angle The company s investment in greater water efficiency came about because the local natural water supply in south Lincolnshire was too saline to use on crops As a result it has to use mains water for irrigation rather than bore holes and this has helped to focus minds For a number of years we ve been taking care in managing water as frugally as possible because obviously the more we use the more expensive it becomes explains production director Phillip Hubbert Piccaver has developed more targeted methods to water crops and it uses moisture probes to take the guess work out of irrigation The company has also built its own reservoirs to store rainwater and by quantifying water use per hectare Piccaver knows exactly how much it needs to store in case of drought As is often the case when you do things for economic reasons it turns out to be the sustainable route as well adds Hubbert Now Hubbert wants to encourage better use of water across the rest of the business especially by educating staff We ve got offices warehouses packing centres all these places use water in one form or another We ve done the big bit fields scale but now I think we need to start to fine tune and do things closer to home Along with managing business use many water industry professionals believe that the UK needs to look at the whole infrastructure surrounding water particularly the way we deal with rain When rain falls at the moment there s an urgency to get it off the land into rivers and out to sea But as water becomes a scarcer commodity has the time come to rethink the whole process Some argue for a new generation of reservoirs to be built to store the rain but Peter Simpson managing director of Anglian Water believes that we must drive greater water efficiency and explore the full potential offered by artificially recharging underground reservoirs aquifers Simpson also believes there needs to be a step change in the language of water particularly the term waste water This treated water forms a crucial part of the whole water cycle and plays a vital role keeping our rivers flowing particularly so during the summer Alan Hayes a senior sustainability analyst at the Institute of Grocery Distribution IGD argues that before we start pricing up long term changes to water s infrastructure there are still more immediate practical things we can do The starting point needs to be more bite sized he says Everyone who uses water needs to be more efficient with what they are doing Simpson agrees More people need not mean more consumption Anglian Water supplies the same amount of water every day as it did in 1989 despite a 20

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  • A sustainable water strategy is good for business
    natural water supply in south Lincolnshire was too saline to use on crops As a result it has to use mains water for irrigation rather than bore holes and this has helped to focus minds For a number of years we ve been taking care in managing water as frugally as possible because obviously the more we use the more expensive it becomes explains production director Phillip Hubbert Piccaver has developed more targeted methods to water crops and it uses moisture probes to take the guess work out of irrigation The company has also built its own reservoirs to store rainwater and by quantifying water use per hectare Piccaver knows exactly how much it needs to store in case of drought As is often the case when you do things for economic reasons it turns out to be the sustainable route as well adds Hubbert Now Hubbert wants to encourage better use of water across the rest of the business especially by educating staff We ve got offices warehouses packing centres all these places use water in one form or another We ve done the big bit fields scale but now I think we need to start to fine tune and do things closer to home Along with managing business use many water industry professionals believe that the UK needs to look at the whole infrastructure surrounding water particularly the way we deal with rain When rain falls at the moment there s an urgency to get it off the land into rivers and out to sea But as water becomes a scarcer commodity has the time come to rethink the whole process Some argue for a new generation of reservoirs to be built to store the rain but Peter Simpson managing director of Anglian Water believes that we must drive greater water efficiency and explore the full potential offered by artificially recharging underground reservoirs aquifers Simpson also believes there needs to be a step change in the language of water particularly the term waste water This treated water forms a crucial part of the whole water cycle and plays a vital role keeping our rivers flowing particularly so during the summer Alan Hayes a senior sustainability analyst at the Institute of Grocery Distribution IGD argues that before we start pricing up long term changes to water s infrastructure there are still more immediate practical things we can do The starting point needs to be more bite sized he says Everyone who uses water needs to be more efficient with what they are doing Simpson agrees More people need not mean more consumption Anglian Water supplies the same amount of water every day as it did in 1989 despite a 20 increase in the population it serves Managed properly there should be enough water to meet the needs of our rising population and underpin economic growth We can and must adapt to that growth This includes recycling more water and looking at new ways in which to develop goods and

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  • Blue Economy Initiative | HEALTHY WATERS, A PROSPEROUS FUTURE
    America Monterrey Wednesday October 8 2014 23 57 0500 America Montevideo Thursday October 9 2014 02 57 0200 America Montreal Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Montserrat Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Nassau Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America New York Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Nipigon Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Nome Wednesday October 8 2014 20 57 0800 America Noronha Thursday October 9 2014 02 57 0200 America North Dakota Beulah Wednesday October 8 2014 23 57 0500 America North Dakota Center Wednesday October 8 2014 23 57 0500 America North Dakota New Salem Wednesday October 8 2014 23 57 0500 America Ojinaga Wednesday October 8 2014 22 57 0600 America Panama Wednesday October 8 2014 23 57 0500 America Pangnirtung Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Paramaribo Thursday October 9 2014 01 57 0300 America Phoenix Wednesday October 8 2014 21 57 0700 America Port of Spain Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Port au Prince Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Porto Velho Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Puerto Rico Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Rainy River Wednesday October 8 2014 23 57 0500 America Rankin Inlet Wednesday October 8 2014 23 57 0500 America Recife Thursday October 9 2014 01 57 0300 America Regina Wednesday October 8 2014 22 57 0600 America Resolute Wednesday October 8 2014 23 57 0500 America Rio Branco Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Santa Isabel Wednesday October 8 2014 21 57 0700 America Santarem Thursday October 9 2014 01 57 0300 America Santiago Thursday October 9 2014 01 57 0300 America Santo Domingo Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Sao Paulo Thursday October 9 2014 01 57 0300 America Scoresbysund Thursday October 9 2014 04 57 0000 America Shiprock Wednesday October 8 2014 22 57 0600 America Sitka Wednesday October 8 2014 20 57 0800 America St Barthelemy Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America St Johns Thursday October 9 2014 02 27 0230 America St Kitts Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America St Lucia Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America St Thomas Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America St Vincent Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Swift Current Wednesday October 8 2014 22 57 0600 America Tegucigalpa Wednesday October 8 2014 22 57 0600 America Thule Thursday October 9 2014 01 57 0300 America Thunder Bay Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Tijuana Wednesday October 8 2014 21 57 0700 America Toronto Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Tortola Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Vancouver Wednesday October 8 2014 21 57 0700 America Whitehorse Wednesday October 8 2014 21 57 0700 America Winnipeg Wednesday October 8 2014 23 57 0500 America Yakutat Wednesday October 8 2014 20 57 0800 America Yellowknife Wednesday October 8 2014 22 57 0600 Antarctica Casey Thursday October 9 2014 12 57 0800 Antarctica Davis Thursday October 9 2014 11 57 0700 Antarctica DumontDUrville Thursday October 9 2014 14 57 1000 Antarctica Macquarie Thursday October 9 2014 15 57 1100 Antarctica Mawson Thursday October 9 2014 09 57 0500 Antarctica McMurdo Thursday October 9 2014 17 57 1300 Antarctica Palmer Thursday October 9 2014 01 57 0300 Antarctica Rothera Thursday October 9 2014 01 57 0300 Antarctica South Pole Thursday October 9 2014 17 57 1300 Antarctica Syowa Thursday October 9 2014 07 57 0300 Antarctica Vostok Thursday October 9 2014 10 57 0600 Arctic Longyearbyen Thursday October 9 2014 06 57 0200 Asia Aden Thursday October 9 2014 07 57 0300 Asia Almaty Thursday October 9 2014 10 57 0600 Asia Amman Thursday October 9 2014 07 57 0300 Asia Anadyr Thursday October 9 2014 16 57 1200 Asia Aqtau Thursday October 9 2014 09 57 0500 Asia Aqtobe Thursday October 9 2014 09 57 0500 Asia Ashgabat Thursday October 9 2014 09 57 0500 Asia Baghdad Thursday October 9 2014 07 57 0300 Asia Bahrain Thursday October 9 2014 07 57 0300 Asia Baku Thursday October 9 2014 09 57 0500 Asia Bangkok Thursday October 9 2014 11 57 0700 Asia Beirut Thursday October 9 2014 07 57 0300 Asia Bishkek Thursday October 9 2014 10 57 0600 Asia Brunei Thursday October 9 2014 12 57 0800 Asia Choibalsan Thursday October 9 2014 12 57 0800 Asia Chongqing Thursday October 9 2014 12 57 0800 Asia Colombo Thursday October 9 2014 10 27 0530 Asia Damascus Thursday October 9 2014 07 57 0300 Asia Dhaka Thursday October 9 2014 10 57 0600 Asia Dili Thursday October 9 2014 13 57 0900 Asia Dubai Thursday October 9 2014 08 57 0400 Asia Dushanbe Thursday October 9 2014 09 57 0500 Asia Gaza Thursday October 9 2014 06 57 0200 Asia Harbin Thursday October 9 2014 12 57 0800 Asia Hebron Thursday October 9 2014 06 57 0200 Asia Ho Chi Minh Thursday October 9 2014 11 57 0700 Asia Hong Kong Thursday October 9 2014 12 57 0800 Asia Hovd Thursday October 9 2014 11 57 0700 Asia Irkutsk Thursday October 9 2014 13 57 0900 Asia Jakarta Thursday October 9 2014 11 57 0700 Asia Jayapura Thursday October 9 2014 13 57 0900 Asia Jerusalem Thursday October 9 2014 06 57 0200 Asia Kabul Thursday October 9 2014 09 27 0430 Asia Kamchatka Thursday October 9 2014 16 57 1200 Asia Karachi Thursday October 9 2014 09 57 0500 Asia Kashgar Thursday October 9 2014 12 57 0800 Asia Kathmandu Thursday October 9 2014 10 42 0545 Asia Khandyga Thursday October 9 2014 14 57 1000 Asia Kolkata Thursday October 9 2014 10 27 0530 Asia Krasnoyarsk Thursday October 9 2014 12 57 0800 Asia Kuala Lumpur Thursday October 9 2014 12 57 0800 Asia Kuching Thursday October 9 2014 12 57 0800 Asia Kuwait Thursday October

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  • The 3rd Annual Canadian Water Summit Report | Blue Economy Initiative
    responsible and sustainable growth of Canada s oilsands while delivering accelerated improvement in environmental performance through collaborative action and innovation The purpose of COSIA will avoid redundant solutions and it will allow them to share information They are however bound by some things regarding how fast they can move COSIA is spending millions on tailings ponds solutions This is not about green washing but rather being substantive Bottomline the CEOs at COSIA want progress quickly clarified Wicklum The view of the NEXUS is an overarching collaborative hub water land air tailings This initiative is about showing innovation we will be sharing innovation to advance environmental performance The most important thing is this we are leaving the old paradigm of competition behind We want to scour the planet for the best ideas to make the environment better explained Wicklum Here are the goals of COSIA CEOs will be accountable in their leadership There will be a line of sight that involves goals and reporting Leverage will be an overarching collaborative hub to share and drive environmental innovation although they still remain independent Linking best ideas may be discussed and implemented if promising Best ideas will be systemized implemented and accelerated to create the pace for environmental improvement Though COSIA involves technology and innovation not policy they are primarily an innovation company We want to maintain ourselves in the strategic innovation space There is no other model like this on the planet It is a permanent organization insisted Wicklum However he did admit To some extent we are creating it as we go along We are setting goals with the 4 areas of water land air and tailings ponds Each company has their own way to source water It s the concept of regional water Local governments can also be a part of the solution It s about outreach engagement and activity It s not just about participation but actually making progress It s more than just a handshake It s sitting down with stakeholders and creating solutions During the panel discussion Geoff Riggs from IBM agreed that local participation and action create better solutions We aim to alleviate friction through technology There are so many standards out there It s really frustrating Complex problems need complex solutions Industry will be obliged to report on risk Michael Glade recommended What is needed is transparency and a common method of reporting The mandate is to come up with disclosure because a report on efficiencies isn t good enough when the risk is that great The challenge is that you are not pushing down on the suppliers You want to see communities and what they value We look at several things including sustainability of watersheds During the breakout discussion many key points were made Riggs admitted This is a new era we are in because of the collaboration Though it is time consuming it is necessary When complex systems brush up against each other this is when innovation happens Moderator Sandra Odendahl asked Where

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  • The 3rd Annual Canadian Water Summit Report
    innovation we will be sharing innovation to advance environmental performance The most important thing is this we are leaving the old paradigm of competition behind We want to scour the planet for the best ideas to make the environment better explained Wicklum Here are the goals of COSIA CEOs will be accountable in their leadership There will be a line of sight that involves goals and reporting Leverage will be an overarching collaborative hub to share and drive environmental innovation although they still remain independent Linking best ideas may be discussed and implemented if promising Best ideas will be systemized implemented and accelerated to create the pace for environmental improvement Though COSIA involves technology and innovation not policy they are primarily an innovation company We want to maintain ourselves in the strategic innovation space There is no other model like this on the planet It is a permanent organization insisted Wicklum However he did admit To some extent we are creating it as we go along We are setting goals with the 4 areas of water land air and tailings ponds Each company has their own way to source water It s the concept of regional water Local governments can also be a part of the solution It s about outreach engagement and activity It s not just about participation but actually making progress It s more than just a handshake It s sitting down with stakeholders and creating solutions During the panel discussion Geoff Riggs from IBM agreed that local participation and action create better solutions We aim to alleviate friction through technology There are so many standards out there It s really frustrating Complex problems need complex solutions Industry will be obliged to report on risk Michael Glade recommended What is needed is transparency and a common method of reporting The mandate is to come up with disclosure because a report on efficiencies isn t good enough when the risk is that great The challenge is that you are not pushing down on the suppliers You want to see communities and what they value We look at several things including sustainability of watersheds During the breakout discussion many key points were made Riggs admitted This is a new era we are in because of the collaboration Though it is time consuming it is necessary When complex systems brush up against each other this is when innovation happens Moderator Sandra Odendahl asked Where does the role of government fit in on a federal provincial and municipal level Glade answered We are good at pushing our opinions rather than sharing information This doesn t always work with the public The challenge is you will have organizations that come together but that won t invite people and organizations that don t share ideas The most important thing is to communicate The first thing is that governments need to listen and be willing to change and shift It s not just a matter of effort but about results It s time for

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  • Blue Economy Initiative | HEALTHY WATERS, A PROSPEROUS FUTURE
    America Monterrey Wednesday October 8 2014 23 57 0500 America Montevideo Thursday October 9 2014 02 57 0200 America Montreal Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Montserrat Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Nassau Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America New York Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Nipigon Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Nome Wednesday October 8 2014 20 57 0800 America Noronha Thursday October 9 2014 02 57 0200 America North Dakota Beulah Wednesday October 8 2014 23 57 0500 America North Dakota Center Wednesday October 8 2014 23 57 0500 America North Dakota New Salem Wednesday October 8 2014 23 57 0500 America Ojinaga Wednesday October 8 2014 22 57 0600 America Panama Wednesday October 8 2014 23 57 0500 America Pangnirtung Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Paramaribo Thursday October 9 2014 01 57 0300 America Phoenix Wednesday October 8 2014 21 57 0700 America Port of Spain Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Port au Prince Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Porto Velho Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Puerto Rico Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Rainy River Wednesday October 8 2014 23 57 0500 America Rankin Inlet Wednesday October 8 2014 23 57 0500 America Recife Thursday October 9 2014 01 57 0300 America Regina Wednesday October 8 2014 22 57 0600 America Resolute Wednesday October 8 2014 23 57 0500 America Rio Branco Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Santa Isabel Wednesday October 8 2014 21 57 0700 America Santarem Thursday October 9 2014 01 57 0300 America Santiago Thursday October 9 2014 01 57 0300 America Santo Domingo Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Sao Paulo Thursday October 9 2014 01 57 0300 America Scoresbysund Thursday October 9 2014 04 57 0000 America Shiprock Wednesday October 8 2014 22 57 0600 America Sitka Wednesday October 8 2014 20 57 0800 America St Barthelemy Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America St Johns Thursday October 9 2014 02 27 0230 America St Kitts Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America St Lucia Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America St Thomas Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America St Vincent Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Swift Current Wednesday October 8 2014 22 57 0600 America Tegucigalpa Wednesday October 8 2014 22 57 0600 America Thule Thursday October 9 2014 01 57 0300 America Thunder Bay Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Tijuana Wednesday October 8 2014 21 57 0700 America Toronto Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Tortola Thursday October 9 2014 00 57 0400 America Vancouver Wednesday October 8 2014 21 57 0700 America Whitehorse Wednesday October 8 2014 21 57 0700 America Winnipeg Wednesday October 8 2014 23 57 0500 America Yakutat Wednesday October 8 2014 20 57 0800 America Yellowknife Wednesday October 8 2014 22 57 0600 Antarctica Casey Thursday October 9 2014 12 57 0800 Antarctica Davis Thursday October 9 2014 11 57 0700 Antarctica DumontDUrville Thursday October 9 2014 14 57 1000 Antarctica Macquarie Thursday October 9 2014 15 57 1100 Antarctica Mawson Thursday October 9 2014 09 57 0500 Antarctica McMurdo Thursday October 9 2014 17 57 1300 Antarctica Palmer Thursday October 9 2014 01 57 0300 Antarctica Rothera Thursday October 9 2014 01 57 0300 Antarctica South Pole Thursday October 9 2014 17 57 1300 Antarctica Syowa Thursday October 9 2014 07 57 0300 Antarctica Vostok Thursday October 9 2014 10 57 0600 Arctic Longyearbyen Thursday October 9 2014 06 57 0200 Asia Aden Thursday October 9 2014 07 57 0300 Asia Almaty Thursday October 9 2014 10 57 0600 Asia Amman Thursday October 9 2014 07 57 0300 Asia Anadyr Thursday October 9 2014 16 57 1200 Asia Aqtau Thursday October 9 2014 09 57 0500 Asia Aqtobe Thursday October 9 2014 09 57 0500 Asia Ashgabat Thursday October 9 2014 09 57 0500 Asia Baghdad Thursday October 9 2014 07 57 0300 Asia Bahrain Thursday October 9 2014 07 57 0300 Asia Baku Thursday October 9 2014 09 57 0500 Asia Bangkok Thursday October 9 2014 11 57 0700 Asia Beirut Thursday October 9 2014 07 57 0300 Asia Bishkek Thursday October 9 2014 10 57 0600 Asia Brunei Thursday October 9 2014 12 57 0800 Asia Choibalsan Thursday October 9 2014 12 57 0800 Asia Chongqing Thursday October 9 2014 12 57 0800 Asia Colombo Thursday October 9 2014 10 27 0530 Asia Damascus Thursday October 9 2014 07 57 0300 Asia Dhaka Thursday October 9 2014 10 57 0600 Asia Dili Thursday October 9 2014 13 57 0900 Asia Dubai Thursday October 9 2014 08 57 0400 Asia Dushanbe Thursday October 9 2014 09 57 0500 Asia Gaza Thursday October 9 2014 06 57 0200 Asia Harbin Thursday October 9 2014 12 57 0800 Asia Hebron Thursday October 9 2014 06 57 0200 Asia Ho Chi Minh Thursday October 9 2014 11 57 0700 Asia Hong Kong Thursday October 9 2014 12 57 0800 Asia Hovd Thursday October 9 2014 11 57 0700 Asia Irkutsk Thursday October 9 2014 13 57 0900 Asia Jakarta Thursday October 9 2014 11 57 0700 Asia Jayapura Thursday October 9 2014 13 57 0900 Asia Jerusalem Thursday October 9 2014 06 57 0200 Asia Kabul Thursday October 9 2014 09 27 0430 Asia Kamchatka Thursday October 9 2014 16 57 1200 Asia Karachi Thursday October 9 2014 09 57 0500 Asia Kashgar Thursday October 9 2014 12 57 0800 Asia Kathmandu Thursday October 9 2014 10 42 0545 Asia Khandyga Thursday October 9 2014 14 57 1000 Asia Kolkata Thursday October 9 2014 10 27 0530 Asia Krasnoyarsk Thursday October 9 2014 12 57 0800 Asia Kuala Lumpur Thursday October 9 2014 12 57 0800 Asia Kuching Thursday October 9 2014 12 57 0800 Asia Kuwait Thursday October

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  • Improvements made under Water for Life Strategy, but future spending, new initiatives unclear | Blue Economy Initiative
    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 or alfalfa to name a few she added More can and must be done McQueen said adding that along with instituting cumulative impact regulations for water resources In the future we will integrate water policy across government and integrate

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  • Improvements made under Water for Life Strategy, but future spending, new initiatives unclear
    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 3 and four success stories 4 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 or alfalfa to name a few she added More can and must be done McQueen said adding that along with instituting cumulative impact regulations for water resources In the future we will integrate water policy across government and integrate it with other policies to protect our air and land as envisioned under the provincial Land Use Framework Asked by a conference delegate about water pricing McQueen stressed We make a fundamental statement all the time Water is not for sale in Alberta and water will not be for sale in Alberta Richard Gotfried vice president corporate and community engagement at Calgary Economic Development in introducing McQueen said that Calgary and Alberta were positioning themselves not only as a global energy centre but as a thought leader in the

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