The projects selected for the Water Resource Sustainability Program will receive up to $1.5 million each, to a total investment of $10 million, in support of the Government of Alberta's Water for Lif strategy.
"With a growing population and expanding economy, it is critical that Alberta has accurate, reliable and useful information and a suite of practical approaches for managing our water resources," said Eddy Isaacs, CEO of AI-EES. "These projects will provide the crucial information we need to support an actionable strategy for safe, secure and sustainable water for Albertans."
The 18 research projects range from understanding perceptions about water quality in rural Alberta to collaboration between local and international researchers who will work together to develop a monitoring scheme for arsenic in rural Alberta's well water to validating reclamation targets, design criteria and policy for sustainable wetland habitat.
Projects were considered based on the focus areas of:
- Water security, risk and vulnerability
- Watershed stewardship and ecosystem management
- Increased conservation, efficiency and productivity of surface water and ground water use.