Cumulative effects management
Activities on the landscape will have both site and activity specific impacts on the environment contributing to a cumulative burden of impacts on a regional scale which may not be sustainable and may be harmful to the region's air, water, land and biodiversity. Managing the cumulative environmental effects of our activities in the region is frought with difficulty. Legal processes have typically isolated activities in the approval process and considered mitigation actions in isolation of the cumulative impact on the environment. Regional planning provides an opportunity to address cumulative environmental impacts by enabling regional environmental management frameworks.
Numerous organizations have also been set up to monitor and address cumulative effects, including:
the Industrial Heartland and Capital Region "Our Region Our Future"
North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance (NSWA -through its integrated watershed management plan)
Organizations such as the NSWA are focused more on water related management under the provincial Water for Life Strategy.
Outlined below are some resources regarding cumulative impacts in the region as well as examples of environmental management frameworks from other regions.
Phase II Report: Sanderson, K. and M. Griffiths (2012). Non-Point Source Pollution: A Review of Policies, Practices and Regulations in Alberta and Other Jurisdictions. Green Planet Communications, Edmonton, AB
Environmental Management Frameworks from other regions
South Saskatchewan Region
Air Quality Management Framework (NO2, O3 and PM 2.5)
Lower Athabasca Region