Water: Too Much or Too Little?

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 water
  • 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, University of Calgary

Thursday, November 24, 2016

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Doors open at 4 p.m.

University of Calgary
Dining Centre, Blue Room
124 University Gate NW
Calgary, Alberta

Sustainably and locally sourced refreshments will be served.

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