Water is essential to all aspects of our society and is often undervalued. As a “resource” or “good,” water is the cornerstone of all other resource developments. If we claim to “own” it, it is likely only temporary ownership. It is a fluid and dynamic resource we all rely on and for this reason it is often characterized as “public resource.”
How we treat water should reflect its value to our society for providing environmental goods as well as social and economic ones. This may be achieved by ensuring our laws treat water as a public resource and by incorporating principles of sustainability.
Click here to read the rest of Our Liquid Assets: Moving Alberta’s laws toward treating water as a public resource.
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