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Alberta Irrigation Projects Association’s Annual Conference is back

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The annual Water conference is back again this November to share knowledge and keep the conversation going across the province about water management, quality and collaborations.

From November 20-22 at the Lethbridge Lodge, the Alberta Irrigation Projects Association (AIPA) is hosting their annual conference with key-note speakers, awards, cocktails and a banquet.
“At the conference we want to share knowledge and facilitate discussion through networking. We have a cross section of presentations given through a number of sessions which this year include water supply, collaboration in water management and quality,” says Executive director of AIPA, Margo Redelback.
With members across the province AIPA has been committed since 1946 to promote, develop and maintain water standards within the province’s irrigated landscapes. Through outreach, governance, partnerships, research and management the association works with more than ten irrigation districts across the whole of Alberta to increase understanding of irrigation and water management values to the province.
And the annual conference’s that have been a staple event to AIPA since 1990 is an event added each year to the associations agenda to continue the reach of these efforts, not just throughout the province but through partners and movements happening outside of Alberta as well says Redelback.
“We have a number of presenters that come from within the Alberta industry itself and we also try to bring people from outside the local area to the conference as well to talk about topics that they may be facing that we may be in the midst of too, or projects that they’re working on that could relate to Alberta.”
 As the conference kicks off on Monday November 20th wine and cheese will be offered while registration begins.
However, Tuesday is when the presentations begin, with keynote speaker Todd Hirsch in attendance to talk about economic recovery within Alberta.
“Our key note address will be Todd Hirsch this year and he will be speaking about ‘Alberta economy recovery reality or illusion.’ He’s going to be talking about economic recovery in general because a lot of people in attendance at the conference are irrigation district directors and are heavily involved in agriculture and we thought it would be a little bit different and something good to offer this year.”
The conference then moves into presentations on a number of topics including water supply, water in other jurisdictions and collaboration on the remaining two days. The conference will also offer all participants an evening of cocktails and a banquet as well as the AIPA awards.
With this yearly event rotating back and forth to take place in Calgary then Lethbridge, this year will see attendees from within the industry and southern Alberta as well as individuals coming from outside the province that are involved with water management as well.
And although these yearly conference’s do take some planning, months of planning in fact, it’s all worth it when partners and professionals come together for the three-day event. With lots to cover, Redelback added on a final note that it’s good to know that although all the irrigation districts are still collecting their data, things are looking good for water supplies going into the winter.
“It was dry this year obviously, and so overall there has been more use of water due to the requirement what the crops needed. However, the reservoirs seem to be in good shape going into winter and we have a good start up going into the spring as far as water supplies available.”

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