A Canada-wide sustainability framework is vital to securing the future of our groundwater, advises an expert panel

    OTTAWA, May 11 /CNW Telbec/ - A 15-member expert panel, appointed by the
Council of Canadian Academies, has concluded that a Canada-wide sustainability
framework is required to improve the management and understanding of Canada's
groundwater. Without such a framework, Canada's groundwater is at risk of
contamination and depletion.
    "A nationally adopted framework, involving provincial, territorial and
federal cooperation, is needed to build the scientific knowledge and improve
management and governance, in the face of increasing demands, climate change,
and other threats," explains James Bruce, Chair of the Expert Panel on
Groundwater. "Our governments are also being asked to report on the current
state of quality and quantity of groundwater and to periodically update
progress towards improvements to ensure sustainability of this vital
    "The panel's work and expertise were extremely valuable; they have
provided Canadians and policy makers with a comprehensive assessment of the
science that is relevant to facilitate sustainable management of our
groundwater," says Dr. Peter Nicholson, President of the Council of Canadian
Academies. "It is becoming increasingly apparent that groundwater is a
precious resource that must be managed wisely."
    The panel's report, requested by Natural Resources Canada, is in response
to the question 'From a science perspective, what is needed to achieve
sustainable management of Canada's groundwater resources?'
    The panel was comprised of leaders in the science of groundwater, as well
as experts in the social, economic and legal aspects relevant to sustainable
groundwater management. Of great assistance to the panel were a number of
submissions from authorities across Canada in response to a public "Call for
Evidence" asking what is needed to achieve sustainable management of Canada's
groundwater? In addition, valuable advice was contributed by the group of
eighteen expert reviewers that were appointed by the Council.
    A copy of the full report is available for download in both official
languages on the Council's website,

    For information about the Council of Canadian Academies, its services and
products, as well as previous Expert Panels, please visit the Council's
website at www.scienceadvice.ca.

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For further information: or to arrange for interviews: Samantha Rae,
Manager, Communications, Council of Canadian Academies, (613) 567-5000 x 256,

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