Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann released the following statement in honour of World Water Day:
“Without water, earth cannot support life. This World Water Day we remind ourselves of this fact, and commit to fighting for clean water.
“Here in Alberta, I have long been an advocate for defending our water supply. In particular, our lifeblood comes out of the mountains through the Eastern Slopes, supplying southern Alberta with vital water for drinking and agriculture.
“I was pleased to see today’s government announcement of grants for watershed planning and advisory councils. However, we still lack a comprehensive, long-term plan to protect our water from careless industrial, recreational, and agricultural activities, including clearcutting and poorly managed gravel mining. Given the current challenges of climate change, this should be a priority for any responsible government. It is simply too important to ignore.”