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Water: too much or too little?

Date & Time:
November 24, 2016 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
University of Calgary Dining Centre Blue Room

Southern Albertans’ relationship with water has changed strikingly in recent years, enduring a withering drought and a hundred-year flood. Our cities are often situated on river banks, like Calgary at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers, making them vulnerable to floods yet creating the illusion of plentiful water. This leads us to overlook the fact that the prairies are prone to drought and watersheds strain to meet the growing demands of our population. These contrasting vulnerabilities are just some of the complex challenges we face in our region.

Join our panel of experts for a roundtable discussion that explores the future of water over the next 20 years in Calgary and beyond. Our speakers will discuss a variety of issues related to water in southern Alberta watersheds, including:
      - Scarcity
      - Water rights and government allocation
      - Flood mitigation
      - Water treatment and pollution of municipal waterA
      - Wetland conservation and wildlife habitats

If you drink water, this is an event for you!


  • Arlene Kwasniak, Canadian Institute of Resources Law, Professor Emerita of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary
  • Leland Jackson, Scientific Director, Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets and Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary
  • Paulette Fox, President, Harmony Walkers, Inc. and Board Member of Oldman Watershed Council, Water Matters Society and Milk River Watershed Council of Canada
  • David Laidlaw, Research Fellow, Canadian Institute of Resources Law, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary


  • Brian Moorman, Associate Dean of Research and Infrastructure, Faculty of Arts, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Calgary

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