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According to the article: "Alberta needs wetland policy that holds water", written by Pat Kehoe of the Calgary Herald newspaper,
"In September 2008, the Alberta Water Council submitted to the government of Alberta its recommendations for a new provincial wetland policy and implementation plan."
"Today, Albertans still do not have a province-wide wetland policy. And wetlands continue to be degraded and lost throughout Alberta. "
The question is why is this the case in Alberta, and why is it that we can visit an Alberta Government website at http://www.wetlandpolicy.ca/ , which suggests that
the Government of Alberta at least seems to be interested in creating this policy?
Why hasn't the Province released this policy? On the above-mentioned website the phrase, "soon to be released" has been used in reference to this situation. When can the citizens of the Province of Alberta expect to have a Wetland Wildlife policy in place in Alberta?
"Wetlands provide substantial ecological services that would cost billions if we had to achieve them through other means. Wetlands store and purify supply freshwater; act as carbon sinks; and, support plants and wildlife.i Wetlands can filter out from 80 to 770 kilograms of phosphorus per hectare per year. They can also filter out from 350 to 32,000 kilograms of nitrogen per hectare per year.ii It is estimated that Alberta’s peatland-wetland systems store up to 13.75 billion tonnes of carbon. (source:http://www.aenweb.ca/media/albertans-not-industry-will-pay-lost-wetlands-—-leaked-policy-document )
"Although close to 21% of the province is covered by wetlands, over time wetlands in Alberta have been significantly altered or destroyed by urban sprawl, expanding agriculture and other human development." (source:http://wetlandsalberta.ca/wetlands/ ).
Albertans deserve a Comprehensive wetland policy which will ensure that this important aspect of our province is preserved and carefully monitored and maintained!
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