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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.

 The Latest:

February 26, 2022

To: Economic Standing Policy Committee, City of Lethbridge

Re: Curbside Organics Collection

Lethbridge fully implemented its curbside program for recyclable materials two years ago. At that time, the average citizen was responsible for 325 kg of residential waste going to the landfill each year. Two years later, this number has dropped to roughly 250 kg of waste per person, a 25% reduction with an average of 75 kg of recyclable materials being diverted from the landfill. With only about 10% of residential waste stream still comprised of recyclable materials, this program has made a significant contribution towards meeting our residential waste diversion targets, much to the credit of the City of Lethbridge Waste & Recycling Utility. [...]

Of the current residential waste stream in Lethbridge, roughly 57% is organic. That is, food or yard waste that can be composted amounting to roughly 10,000 tonnes of organic waste each year from our homes. [...]

For cleaner air, cleaner water and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, implementing curbside pickup of organics is a cost-effective, a socially beneficial, and an environmentally necessary approach to our municipal waste management. It is an essential component of Council’s Waste Diversion Policy. SAGE supports this important initiative.

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How much water is needed to keep a river healthy? Understanding Instream Flow Needs

In naturally dry regions such as southern Alberta, rivers provide a critical supply of water. Ever increasing human demands on this precious resource have natural consequences and limits. It is urgent that we understand what flows are needed to keep rivers healthy and functioning. Instream Flow Needs (IFN) are streamflows required to be left flowing in the channel to preserve river function. [...]

Unfortunately, when these fully protective IFN are compared to what is actually allowed to flow in lower reaches of our basin, the conclusion is that our river health is in a state of long term decline due to over allocation. Extensive scientific assessments of aquatic and riparian condition confirm this.

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Letter to Minister Wilkinson
28 January 2022

Re: Montem Resources: Application to the Federal Clean Fuels Fund

The Southern Alberta Group for the Environment (SAGE) is concerned about Montem Resources’ application for a grant of up to $5 million from the Clean Fuels Fund to help finance feasibility studies into the concept of building a 320 MW pumped hydro energy storage with the potential for hydrogen production. Our concern is based on three main principles: 1) that ‘clean fuels’ research and development should be explored by corporations committed to fossil fuel reduction; 2) that government support for feasibility studies of this sort should be evaluated with a systems approach and under the purview of the provincial electricity system operators (that is, the project results in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for the system); 3) that the proposal should pass some cursory feasibility evaluation before funding of this magnitude.

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To the City of Lethbridge, Community Safety Standing Policy Committee
(Submitted 04 January 2022)

Re: Light Nuisance Bylaw for Lethbridge

The Southern Alberta Group for the Environment (SAGE) supports the initiative being advanced by Rena Woss regarding the development of a Light Nuisance Bylaw for Lethbridge.

Light that trespasses into personal living spaces, including backyards, has negative impacts both to human wellbeing and the environment. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) organization identifies light as a form of pollution affecting people and the environment and as a potential source of energy-waste (with related greenhouse gas emissions). They recommend that external lighting be used only when and where they are required. And if external lighting is necessary that it is shielded from evading to the outside of the property. ...

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 Water Stewardship in Alberta

Letter sent to Nathan Neudorf
13 December 2021


In summary, these three issues are interrelated. Water stewardship means: supporting strong federal legislation that protects our water; protecting our water from the threats of industrial contamination from coal mining in the province; and protecting the integrity of the natural environment upon which our tourism, recreation and our agricultural economy rely. Comprehensive land-use planning and cumulative effects management are strongly recommended to ensure the abundance and availability of clean water. Water is the lifeblood of southern Alberta and there are limits to its use and misuse. 

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Sent to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
8 December 2021

Comment on Montem Resources’ Tent Mountain Redevelopment Project

The Southern Alberta Group for the Environment (SAGE) requests that the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada establish a Joint Review Panel to evaluate the environmental impacts of the proposed Tent Mountain Redevelopment Project.  

An environmental impact assessment on the Tent Mountain Project should consider the following: ...

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