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Alberta asking for feedback on North Saskatchewan, Battle and Upper Athabasca rivers surface water quality management


July 22, 2021
By Ground Water Canada

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The government wants to hear from the public and Indigenous Peoples regarding new surface water quality management frameworks for the North Saskatchewan, Battle and Upper Athabasca rivers. The engagements will look to address pressures on water resources due to population growth and other development. The government is also launching a selenium management review to ensure water quality remains protected now and in the future.

Albertans can share their thoughts to help inform the development of surface water quality management frameworks for the North Saskatchewan Region and Upper Athabasca Region until Sept. 17, 2021.

Surface water quality management frameworks establish clear objectives for surface water quality and consider the impacts of all development activities in the watershed on water quality.

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Albertans can share their thoughts to help inform the development of surface water quality management frameworks for the North Saskatchewan Region and Upper Athabasca Region until Sept. 17, 2021.

Frameworks include a management response process to be taken if monitoring shows that thresholds, such as limits, targets or triggers, are exceeded. Management responses can range from education and stewardship to regulatory change.

Alberta currently has surface water quality management frameworks for the Lower Athabasca Region and South Saskatchewan Region, which include the Lower Athabasca, Bow, South Saskatchewan, Oldman and Milk rivers.

You can share your comments on the Alberta government’s engagements page.