In 2013, Tim Donkers, MA student at Wageningen University and Research centre, was an intern at the Netherlands Trade Office (NTO) in Edmonton. Tim's research, sponsored by the ACSN research award, concerned conjunctive watermanagement in Alberta. The NTO in Edmonton has liaised with Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, connecting Netherlands businesses and research institutes to Alberta’s Department of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) on environmental topics including oil sands tailings and water technologies. Alberta and the Netherlands are since, successfully working together on a number of water initiatives including a collaborative groudwater modelling project involving several parties (The Netherlands, Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment, Alberta Geological Survey, and Environment and Sustainable Resource Development).
Tim's paper is prepared within this collaboration framework, as part of a six-month Master’s Internship; three-month with the Water policy Branch of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and another three-month with the Water Initiative at the University of Alberta. The paper is now available upon request.