Water research and review of progress on Water for Life among key successes for Alberta Water Council in 2005-2006

    EDMONTON, April 27 /CNW/ - A provincial water research strategy, prepared
in collaboration with the Alberta Science and Research Authority, and the
second major review of the province's Water for Life strategy are two of the
key accomplishments of the Alberta Water Council over the past 15 months, and
are among the highlights in its 2005-2006 annual report.
    The Alberta Water Council's 2005-2006 Annual Report, released April 27,
summarizes the activities and progress of the Council from October 2005 to
December 2006. It also provides an overview of some of the activities underway
in 2007, including leading the renewal process of the Water for Life strategy,
to be launched in June.

    Highlights for 2005-2006 include:

    -   The Council completed its second comprehensive review of the
        implementation progress on Water for Life, which will be released in
        early May.

    -   In November 2006, the Council, in collaboration with the Alberta
        Science and Research Authority (ASRA) completed a Water Research
        Strategy that will be supported by $30 million in funding from the
        Government of Alberta.

    -   The Council began the formal transition to an independent non-profit

    "The Council's strength lies in our diversity of opinion, our broad base
of experience and our consensus-based decision-making process," says Bill
Berzins, a member of the Council's executive. "As we enter our fourth year, we
continue to grow as an organization and now have a much better, more
comprehensive understanding of water management issues facing Alberta. This
makes us more effective in providing advice in the best interest of all
    A copy of the 2005-2006 Annual Report, along with more information on the
Alberta Water Council is available at www.waterforlife.gov.ab.ca/awc.

    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: Bill Berzins, (403) 251-1894,

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