Youth Water Council
on temporary diversion licences
The Youth Water Council, a group of 10 rural teen 4-H members from Alberta, took on the challenge of raising awareness of temporary water diversion licenses and their importance. The Council learned about temporary diversion licences or TDLs from experts and landowners, and then planned and created a video and infographics to raise awareness.
A temporary diversion licence is granted to allow short term (less than one-year) diversion (or withdrawal) of water from a natural body of water.
A name and contact information is needed so that regulators can get in touch if needed and to show anyone who asks that you have a TDL.
It is important to know where the water is going to be used, called point of use, in case the use of water may impact that location.
Waterbodies often have restrictions on when water is diverted because of the fish and wildlife that may use that location.
If the source of your diversion is on private land, you need the consent of the landowner to access their land.
Information on where you plan to take water is needed so regulators can figure out if there is enough water for the TDL and other conditions.
How the water is used will help regulators understand the need for the water and if any specific conditions are required on the TDL.
Regulators need to know how much water is required and how fast it will be withdrawn to see if the source can support the withdrawal.
Anyone can ask to see the TDL if you are diverting water, so be prepared to have it at the pumping location or in the truck.
About the Youth Water Council Project
Partnering with 4-H Alberta
Key Facts about the Council
The Youth Water Council is made up of 10 senior 4-H members (age 15-19) who live in central Alberta. They met with experts to learn about water regulation, environmental science, and communications
The Youth Water Council worked through a mixture of virtual sessions and a weekend in-person gathering during the fall to learn and then develop their collaborative projects
The unique project approach and the perspectives of our Youth Water Council members is also an important story, so a short project overview video was developed.
The Youth Water Council project approach was put forward by Scott Millar and his company Collaboration Dynamics. His background in aquatic biology, strategic planning, regulatory design, and multi-stakeholder engagement allows him to design innovative ways to complex challenges.
Jen Lough co-facilitated the Youth Water Council. Jen is an accomplished facilitator with a passion for bringing order to the chaos. “This youth council approach is pretty cool, and I wanted to be part of something new”.