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Oki.  We respectfully acknowledge that SAGE meets on the traditional lands of Piikani, Kainai & Siksika, members of Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy) and the homelands of Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.  We are grateful for their keeping of these lands and waters - past, present & future.
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November 10, 2022

Letter: Environmental Impact Assessment of the “historic expansion of Alberta irrigation” including Chin Reservoir, Deadhorse Coulee Reservoir and Snake Lake Reservoir

"We are responding to Minister Guilbeault’s recent decisions that three proposed irrigation reservoir projects that are part of the larger project do not warrant designation under the Impact Assessment Act because existing legislation and processes provide a framework to address potential adverse effects within federal jurisdiction (...). We have reviewed IAAC analysis reports for the three projects and have identified gaps and uncertainties to be addressed if the Minister’s rationale for decision is to be realized."

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October 2022

The River of Unfulfilled Expectations

Lorne Fitch, P. Biol.

Alberta’s big rivers, the Peace and Athabasca, flow north, away from people. The North Saskatchewan and South Saskatchewan rivers, along with their tributaries the Red Deer, Bow, and Oldman rivers, flow east through the Alberta heartland, delivering essential waters to most of the province’s population. As one travels further south the demand for water escalates in concert with increasing aridity. So the expectations for the Milk River, the one furthest south, are the greatest.

The poor Milk River has never lived up to people’s expectations. This likely started with President Thomas Jefferson’s Corps of Discovery in the early 1800s. Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark out on an exploration of his Louisiana Purchase, essentially the Mississippi/Missouri watershed. Among other things, their instructions included determining whether there was a connection with the Saskatchewan drainage and the long established and lucrative fur trade route of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

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26 October, 2022

International St. Mary and Milk Rivers Study Board

I am writing on behalf of Southern Alberta Group for Environment to suggest that an on-stream dam on the Milk River in Alberta is not a feasible infrastructure option and that your resources are better focused on studying options for changes in administrative procedures. At the Town Hall meeting hosted by the International St. Mary and Milk Rivers Study Board in the town of Milk River on October 24, it appeared that members of the Study Board may be unaware of the Milk River Basin – Preliminary Feasibilty Study conducted in 2003 to investigate on-stream and off-stream water storage options in the basin.  I am attaching a copy of the draft report.

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August 10, 2022

Wasted Potential of Dog Poop - A Summary

(Based on the original article/research by Marissa Crosswhite, Bryanne Wandler, & Maddy Welte)

Lethbridge has between 9-to-12 thousand dogs who poop between 3-to-4 thousand kilograms per day. Where does all this poop go, and are there alternative destinations?

Our community is littered with dog poop, whether at dog parks or in residential neighbourhoods. Poop is a natural part of the life cycle and is an organic material. Poop from other animals is used as fertilizer, so what is the harm in leaving dog poop behind?

Dogs consume high protein diets, which means their excretions are highly acidic and can cause damage to plants rather than fertilize them. Also, one gram of dog poop can house up to 23 million fecal coliform bacteria; when dog poop is left out in the open, there is risk of transmitting bacterial, viral, parasitic, and fungal diseases.

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June 16, 2022

Eco-Friendly West published an article featuring SAGE

SAGE: A Leading Voice for a Healthy and Environmentally Sustainable Community.

July 4, 2022

Minister's Response to request for Environmental Impact Assessment regarding Chin Reservoir expansion: (here)

Reasons for Decision: https://iaac-aeic.gc.ca/050/evaluations/document/144264

IAAC Analysis Report: https://iaac-aeic.gc.ca/050/documents/p83562/144265E.pdf

 

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