How We Do It
Extreme flood and drought events have firmly established water as a high priority area in achieving economic, social and environmental resiliency. Now, more than ever, it is critical that the public has an accessible way to stay up-to-date with the latest water news, studies, reports and events.
The WaterPortal Society’s news and events service is a response to this need and includes:
- a bi-weekly newsletter
- social media posts
- a website news feed
- a calendar of events
- informational blog posts
The water news and events is a free, unbiased service that effectively uses the WaterPortal’s established web presence to connect diverse interests and content sources, encourage dialogue, and ultimately support informed decision making that benefits all communities.
The WaterPortal Society conducts inter-jurisdictional projects involving both research and community engagement. Successful past projects include:
- The Alberta Water Nexus project, which explores the inter-connections between agriculture, energy, Albertan communities, and water resources. The project results include a stakeholder engagement workshop, development of two separate online simulator tools, creation of an animated video, and publishing example case studies and a variety of online information resources.
- Climate Impacts on Watersheds project, resulted in a number of focused webpages on specific topics including history of climate in Alberta, drought resilience, understanding flood insurance, urban resiliency, and low-impact development among others.
- The cumulative effects on water project, which included research and development of an interactive online model that quantifies the water quantity and quality impacts of individual daily decisions.
- The “What’s in Your Water” water quality project, which resulted in an interactive website with information about substances and activities that impacting water quality in our local rivers and lakes. The information from the website was also developed into an interactive public exhibit that was presented at 4 events.
Collaborators contribute to the success of WaterPortal Society by providing funding and partnering on projects, providing online content, and serving as conduits to larger stakeholder bases. The WaterPortal Society collaborates with a wide range of organisations including:
- Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs)
- Watershed Stewardship Groups (WSGs)
- Alberta Water Council (AWC)
- Irrigation Districts
- Environmental NGOs