EDMONTON, June 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Continued population growth and economic
development in Alberta will increase the extent and risk of non-point
source pollution, according to a new report from the Alberta Water
Council, which also recommends ways for the Province to manage this
pollution in a cost-effective and timely manner.
Non-point source pollution is contamination that enters a water body
from many dispersed points of discharge and has no single point of
origin. It contrasts with point source emissions, which are licensed
and controlled releases.
Council Executive Director, Gord Edwards, says there is urgency around
this issue as problems are emerging more frequently and we need to be
more proactive in our management approach. "To effectively manage the
health of our watersheds, we need a good understanding of the
contributions of all sources of pollution, and the policies and tools
that can be used to minimize their impacts. The challenge is that
Alberta, like most other jurisdictions, lacks the solid scientific
knowledge to manage non-point source pollution at its core."
The report, Recommendations to Improve Non-Point Source Pollution Management in
Alberta, makes five specific recommendations that reflect the need for knowledge
and tools to determine:
How much non-point source pollution there is (quantification)
Where it is coming from (research)
If it is a problem (evaluation)
What we can do about it (mitigation).
This report is the first of its kind to use a multi-stakeholder,
watershed-based approach to develop provincial policy recommendations
for addressing non-point source pollution. Edwards also notes that the
report is very timely as Alberta works to integrate its land use and
watershed management systems through the Land Use Framework and the Water for Life strategy.
The report and more information on the Alberta Water Council can be
found at www.albertawatercouncil.ca.
Established in 2004, the Alberta Water Council is a multi-stakeholder
partnership with 24 members from governments, industry, and
non-government organizations. Its primary task is to monitor and
steward implementation of Alberta's Water for Life strategy and to champion the achievement of the strategy's three
outcomes of a safe, secure drinking water supply, healthy aquatic
ecosystems, and reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable
SOURCE: Alberta Water Council
For further information:
Gord Edwards, Executive Director, Alberta Water Council, (780) 644-7373