GFM Network News


Grants preserve grasslands and wildlife habitats

Provincial funding funds conservation easements to protect 13,000 acres from development

The Alberta Land Trust Grant Program is giving more than $7 million to support 24 different projects that will conserve 13,000 acres of private land containing watersheds, grasslands and wildlife habitats. The grants will support projects by the Alberta Conservation Association, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Legacy Land Trust Society, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the […] Read more

Deadly fish disease continues to spread in Alberta

Whirling disease was first found here in 2016 and has now spread to a fourth watershed

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has declared the North Saskatchewan River watershed infected with whirling disease. The declaration covers all streams, creeks, lakes, and rivers feeding into the North Saskatchewan River and ends at the Saskatchewan border. Earlier declarations of infection have been made for the Bow, Oldman and Red Deer River watersheds. Whirling disease, […] Read more


Water that smells like rotten eggs or has a metallic taste can be a sign of biofouling, which can shorten the lifespan of your well.

Don’t let biofouling slow the flow

Three-quarters of wells in some parts of Alberta have biofouling problems

Nothing makes a real estate deal go south faster than the discovery that the water well is no good. Recently Troy Niemans of Titan Water Systems was performing a well test for a real estate transaction and discovered a problem that nearly cancelled the sale. “The sellers had stated that the well produced six gallons […] Read more

Never enter a well pit before testing air quality, and keep them clean and sealed until they can be replaced.

Well pits jeopardize water quality and your safety

Even though they were banned more than two decades ago, hundreds of these hazardous pits can be found across Alberta

When her father attempted to rescue her, he also passed out. The teenaged son who attempted to retrieve both his sister and father was also overcome. Of the three family members who entered the cellar, only the father survived. At first, investigators suspected that the vegetables had rotted and emitted a toxic gas, but the […] Read more


Invasive species — such as this quagga mussel — pose a major threat to the aquatic ecosystem.

Western Canada unites in fight against invasive species

Joint agreement will boost fight to keep zebra 
and quagga mussels out of Alberta

A joint agreement among Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Yukon tightens the grip on invasive species. The Inter-Provincial Territorial Agreement for Co-ordinated Regional Defence Against Invasive Species is a step towards better co-ordination among jurisdictions on both prevention and co-ordinated response if invasive species are detected in Western Canada. The initial scope of this […] Read more