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Policy overview

Water is an increasingly precious resource for Alberta’s communities, and it is critical that governments, industry, community organization, and citizens work together to protect and sustain our water resources for current and future generations.

AUMA has therefore developed a comprehensive set of municipal water policies over a number of years to guide and inform our efforts on behalf of Alberta’s urban municipalities.  

 

AUMA Water Primer and Discussion Paper

AUMA has created a research paper called the Water Primer and Discussion Paper (WPDP).  The WPDP offers a full introduction to water issues in Alberta, and is a good resource to check if you have any questions or want to learn more.

Read the WPDP executive summary Read the entire WPDP

2012 Municipal Water Policy on Water Management and the Viability of Municipal Water Systems

Based on the Water Primer and Discussion Paper, AUMA’s members approved an initial set of municipal policies in 2012 pertaining to water management and allocation as well as the viability of municipal water and wastewater systems.

Read AUMA’s Municipal Water Policy on Water Management and the Viability of Municipal Water Systems

 

2013 Municipal Water Policy on Wetlands

In 2013, AUMA developed a second policy document focused on wetlands. These policies were made in line with the Government of Alberta work to develop a new Alberta Wetland Policy to replace an interim policy which was released in 1993.  Developing our own policy gives AUMA the opportunity to raise the profile and understanding of wetlands among members and to create an enabling environment for wetland conservation and restoration.

Read AUMA’s Municipal Water Policy on Wetlands Learn more about Alberta's wetlands

 

2014 Municipal Water Policy on Stormwater

Stormwater management is an important concern for municipalities across Alberta. Aging infrastructure and the expansion of impervious areas are creating challenges for managing the quality and volume of stormwater that flows across urban landscapes.

To create an enabling environment for improved stormwater management, AUMA has developed the 2014 Municipal Water Policy on Stormwater. The Policies address challenges identified through member outreach and include policy solutions on areas such as:

  • Stormwater reuse.
  • Urban flooding.
  • Climate change.
  • Low impact development.
  • Infrastructure development.
Read AUMA’s Municipal Water Policy on Stormwater Learn more about stormwater in Alberta