Water Scarcity in Southern Alberta:  Who Is Managing This Precious Resource?

Water is an increasingly scarce resource in southern Alberta. 80% of the population lives in the south but the region has only about 20% of the province’s fresh water supply. With a growing population and a dwindling supply of this essential resource, new ways of managing water are needed. Bill Berzins will discuss water quality and quantity issues in southern Alberta and the implications for ecological, economic and social interests. He will highlight some of the activities being undertaken by planners, developers, communities and researchers to address the implications of an increasingly apportioned resource.

Speaker: Bill Berzins

Bill Berzins has been involved in water, wastewater and environmental management for more than 25 years. He has managed public-private partnerships throughout Canada and the U.S. for water supply and wastewater management. Bill is a founding partner in Fossil Water – his company is developing water, wastewater and wetland infrastructure projects throughout Alberta and BC. Bill is the volunteer Chair of the Bow River Basin Council, a member of the Alberta Water Council and a member of the Management Advisory Board for the Alberta Water Research Institute.

DATE: Thursday, February 21, 2008 TIME: Noon – 1:30 p.m. LOCATION: Ericksen’s Family Restaurant (lower level of The Keg) COST: $10.00 (includes lunch)

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