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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Water Under Pressure:
Research on Canadian Groundwater Resources

Dr. Alfonso Rivera, Chief Hydrogeologist
Natural Resources Canada

Although Canada is a water-rich country with many rivers and lakes, ten million Canadians rely on groundwater for their water supply. These water resources are being stressed in many areas due to contamination, changes in climate and the increasing demands of growing population centres and the large needs of industry and agriculture. What do we know about this precious resource? Will it be adequate in quantity and quality, to meet the growing demand? Why is groundwater becoming a major policy issue for Canadian governments at all levels?

Dr. Alfonso Rivera will present an overview of the state of groundwater research in Canada, highlighting what we know, and what we need to find out soon in order to make scientifically-sound decisions about groundwater resources.

Internationally recognized for his expertise in groundwater resource evaluation and numerical modelling, Dr. Rivera is Chief Hydrogeologist at Natural Resources Canada, Geological Survey of Canada, and chairs the National Ad-hoc Committee on Groundwater. During 2001, he performed extensive consultations across Canada in view of preparing, in association with the provinces, private sector and universities, a national vision and action plan towards a framework for collaboration in groundwater research in Canada. He is based in the Quebec Regional Office of Natural Resources Canada.

Simultaneous translation will be provided.

--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

DATE: Thursday, February 7, 2002 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am