This project aimed to inform the public consultation phase of planning a water-use framework for Alberta. It pursued three discrete issues in order to increase meaningful discussion concerning a new water policy framework including: protected water areas; addressing water policy concerning drought and climate change; and a proposal for a tiered system of determining appropirate water market governance measures. Developing a good water policy in Alberta will be essential to managing the multiple water demands facing the province ranging from agriculture, industry, municipalities, petroleum production, commerce and the environment. Stakeholders from each of these groups recognize the need for a comprehensive framework to protect Alberta’s water supply.