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Ineffective surface water management in Alberta: Report

Ineffective surface water management in Alberta: Report

Alberta’s Auditor General says the province’s system for managing surface water is ineffective and not responsive to changing circumstances.

Doug Wylie states in a report that Alberta Environment and Protected Areas has no water conservation goals in most watersheds.

The report shows that the government does not know whether the current water conservation targets are working.

It says that the processes for monitoring water use, assessing risks and determining when water conservation is needed are not very robust.

The conclusion is that the province is not very successful in ensuring that water users use water efficiently and that they comply with the requirements of their permits.

The report comes as much of the province continues to struggle with drought.

Provincial regulators are also considering expanding water-intensive industries, such as coal mining.

A spokesperson for the province was not immediately available for comment.


This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 10, 2024.