SOUTHERN ALBERTA: The author of a new report on Alberta water use is headed to Lethbridge. Jeremy Schmidt is on a province wide speaking tour, calling on the government to step up regulations and talk to the public more about water stewardship.
"The government of Alberta should first and foremost be using the scientific evidence that we have to improve water policy. And it should be recognizing that the public has a right to hold the government to account to achieve good stewardship of water in the interest of all Albertans," said Schmidt - who wrote the report for the Park Institute, a non-partisan public policy research facility at the University of Alberta. One of his main concerns is the possibility government may decide to speed up the process for water license transfers, which he says could lead to negative consequences.
"If there's less government oversight in that transfer process, there won't be anyone looking out for the interests of all Albertans - the people who don't have licenses to water already," said Schmidt. "And that water will move to its area of highest economic value, but those values may not be the values that work for all Albertans."
Schmidt will be giving a talk on the issue in Lethbridge Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the downtown library.
Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2011 at 4/24/2014 3:02:35 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News - photo by Country 95 News