The Sustainable Water Management in the Athabasca River Basin Initiative (The ARB Initiative)

The Sustainable Water Management in the Athabasca River Basin Initiative (The ARB Initiative)

The Sustainable Water Management in the Athabasca River Basin Initiative (The ARB Initiative or Initiative) is an innovative project using an integrated modelling tool, and collaborative modelling process, to identify water management issues, assess opportunities, and build resilience to future change. It is envisioned that this work will start with the ARB, and will build up to looking at the whole Slave River system (Athabasca River Basin, Peace River Basin, Peace-Athabasca Delta, and Slave River Basin).

This Initiative brings together the best available data, an integrated modelling tool, with an inclusive and diverse Working Group (WG) from across the basin in a transparent and open process, to explore mitigation, adaptation, and management strategies in response to a range of plausible land use and climatic change scenarios, and growth in the basin.

The ARB Initiative will be developing a Roadmap for sustainable water management throughout the ARB—the ARB Roadmap, which is: - a set of strategies and practical actions - developed by an inclusive basin-wide working group using collaborative modelling and dialogue - a recommended path toward sustainable water management in a basin - intended to inform future planning and management efforts as they relate to water.

The ARB Initiative is a WaterSMART driven project, and as part of that project WaterSMART is engaging First Nations and Métis communities. WaterSMART does not consider this collaborative process Consultation. The Government of Alberta (GoA) is supportive of this work, and is prepared to receive and review project deliverables, as they become available. These deliverables will be considered as one input amongst many; if and where appropriate, they may help inform development of future GoA products, including policy, regulation, or decisions. It is these products upon which government would directly engage and consult, as it may find appropriate.

The Roadmap, once published, is expected to be of value to the water community in the basin whether they participated directly in the process or not. The GoA is not the only recipient of project outcomes; recipients include all water users and broader water community in the basin who can use the products after the work is complete. It is the hope and expectation of everyone involved that the outcomes from this Initiative will serve to further the development and ongoing improvement of planning, policy, and management of water in the ARB by government, industry, organizations, and communities.

Downloads:

  1. pdf ARB Initiative introductory memo (394 KB)
  2. pdf ARB Working Group draft Terms of Reference (688 KB)
  3. pdf ARB Working Group meeting #1 meeting summary and slides (3.86 MB)
  4. pdf ARB Working Group meeting #2 meeting summary and slides (3.12 MB)
  5. pdf Supplementary ARB Working Group meeting, Fort McMurray, meeting summary (491 KB)
  6. pdf ARB Working Group meeting #3 meeting summary and slides (5.55 MB)
  7. pdf ARB Working Group meeting #4 meeting summary and slides (3.36 MB)
  8. ARB Interim Report #1
  9. ARB Working Group meeting #5 meeting summary and slides

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