As a result of a combination of climate variability, supply variability, anticipated increases in domestic, agricultural and industrial demand, it is increasingly important and relevant to communities across Canada (but perhaps particularly in Alberta) to increase their knowledge about the effects, costs and scope of different programs, policies, interventions and strategies that have been undertaken to manage water supply and demand.
How have rural communities balanced water usage with commercial and population growth? This project identified a listing what water management strategies have or have not worked in the province through a combination of conventional academic methods (scoping review) combined with a more innovative approach to knowledge sharing and problem solving – crowdsourcing. Once complete, this knowledge was shared through a provincial workshop, held in Leduc in Sept. 2012, with approximately 20 stakeholders representing watershed groups, water licensees, researchers and representatives from rural municipalities and counties to assess, validate, edit and contribute to the results of both the crowdsourcing and scoping review phases.
Support for this project is being provided by The Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN).