Input sought on improving conservation of Alberta's wetlands

    EDMONTON, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - The Alberta Water Council - the
multi-stakeholder partnership group responsible for overseeing the
implementation of Water for Life - is inviting input from all interested
Albertans to help shape a new Wetland Policy to present to the Government of
    The Council has been reviewing the importance of wetland conservation in
achieving the goals of the Water for Life strategy, and is now seeking input
to develop a comprehensive Wetland Policy and Implementation Plan for Alberta.
    Albertans can participate in the process in one of two ways - by
completing the wetland policy workbook either on-line or by mail, or by
attending one of seven workshops being held across the province. Workshops
will be held in:

    Bonnyville            Chamber of Commerce           September 19
    Edmonton              Ramada Hotel (Kingsway)       September 20
    Calgary               Radisson Hotel (Airport)      September 24
    Lethbridge            Lethbridge Lodge              September 25
    Red Deer              Red Deer Lodge                September 26
    Fort McMurray         Sawridge Hotel                October 2
    Grande Prairie        Sandman Hotel                 October 4

    To register for the workshops, Albertans can call 1-866-420-6116 (in
Edmonton 420-1646) or e-mail
    Additional information on the consultation and a copy of the workbook on
Alberta's wetlands is available at the Council's website at
    The deadline for on-line submissions is October 15, 2007, and the Council
hopes to have recommendations to present back to the provincial government in
early 2008.

    Established in 2004, the Alberta Water Council is a multi-stakeholder
partnership with 25 members from governments, industry, and non-government
organizations. Its primary task is to monitor and steward implementation of
the Water for Life strategy and to champion 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 economy.

For further information:

For further information: Ian Rudland, Alberta Environment, (780)
427-9457,; Jonathan Thompson, Alberta Water Council,
(780) 489-2002,

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