The projects approved under the 2018-2019 Ambient Environment Monitoring Plan for Oil Sands Development are presented here (*also see addendum). Please click the title of each project below to access the complete work plans. The projects approved for implementation in 2017-2018 continues monitoring activities implemented since 2012 through the 2012-2015 Joint Canada-Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring (OSM).

Atmospheric Monitoring (Core)
Projects Co-Chair Final Decision Amount
Atmospheric Pollutant Active Monitoring Network Decision Pool A 🛈This project was underspent in 2017/18. Quarterly updates on expenditures and accurate forecasts for 18/19 are required.
– Adaptive monitoring for this project must consider in 18/19 results of the network optimization exercise. Any further growth of this monitoring program in 2019-20 is contingent on the outcome of the optimization exercise.
– Release of funding to third parties requires that the overhead costs are clearly identified from the monitoring costs in the workplan.
– Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$9,202,908
Total $9,202,908
Atmospheric Monitoring (Focused Study)
Projects Co-Chair Final Decision Amount
Method Comparison of Wet Precipitation (NADP vs AB) Decision Pool B 🛈– Decision Pool B: Workplan approved with contingency
– Approved at $44,092 with contingency
– Report for 2017-18 is required prior to funds being released for 2018/29.
– This project is to be completed in the 2018/19 year.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum a final report is required by March 31, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$44,092
Ambient Air Monitoring Network Optimization Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $180,700
– This project was underspent in 2017/18. Quarterly updates on expenditures and accurate forecasts for 18/19 are required.
– The Draft Network Optimization Report must be shared and reviewed with the Alberta Energy regulator and COSIA. The workplan should be modified to include this as a deliverable for 18/19.
– Other Oil Sands Monitoring Projects (A-LTM_S-1-1819) are dependent upon this important project being completed.
– This project is to be completed in the 2018/19 year.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum a final report is required by March 31, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$180,700
Atmospheric Process Study – OS Air Pollution, Emissions, Transformation and Fate Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $4,454,901
– Coordination between AEP and ECCC must occur in advance and while undertaking flights
– It is a requirement of funding that this project coordinate and discuss with COSIA in advance of flights, while undertaking flights, and following flights.
– When publishing and reporting of results, this team must demonstrate how they have consulted with COSIA and regulators to explore how these and the 2013 results inform regulatory and management decisions
– 2018/19 is the “wrap-up” year of the air craft campaign. Any further focus studies will be informed by or dependent upon the outcomes of this work.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum a final report is required by March 31, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$4,454,901
Airborne GHG Emission Measurements (NASA-NOAA) Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $850,025
– Coordination between AEP and ECCC must occur in advance and while undertaking flights
– It is a requirement of funding that this project coordinate and discuss with COSIA in advance of flights, while undertaking flights, and following flights.
– When publishing and reporting of results, this team must demonstrate how they have consulted with COSIA and regulators to explore how these and the 2013 results inform regulatory and management decisions
– 2018-19 is the end of the field component of this aircraft campaign; subsequent funding requests will be evaluated as required and any further focus studies will be informed by or dependent upon the outcomes of this work.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum a final report is required by March 31, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$850,025
Atmospheric Process Study – Enhanced Ground-Based Monitoring – Oski-otin Monitoring site Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $1,197,990
– It is a requirement of funding that the project produce the transition plan for this monitoring station in the community of Fort McKay and identify the role of this station in the regional monitoring network. This includes consideration of this station in the network optimization exercise (project A-PD-3-1819).
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$1,197,990
Develop Methods to Measure Tailings Ponds Emissions Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved but at a reduced funding level.
– Approved at $200,000 (17/18 levels)
– This project was underspent in 2017/18. Quarterly updates on expenditures and accurate forecasts for 18/19 are required.
– Deliverables for this level of funding are to be clarified and an amended workplan submitted before March 23, 2018 to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– This project is to be completed in the 2018/19 year. The methods development is to then inform any on-going monitoring.
– The OSM Secretariat will schedule a meeting with COSIA and the Alberta Energy Regulator that the project lead is to attend/participate in. The intent of the meeting will be to discuss the application/relevance of this method development to on-going monitoring of tailings pond emissions as well as if this monitoring falls within the scope of the Oil Sands Monitoring Program.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum a final report is required by March 31, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$200,000
Ambient Air Quality Surveillance: Beaver River Valley Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $35,250
– This project was underspent in 2017/18. Quarterly updates on expenditures and accurate forecasts for 18/19 are required.
– Approval for 18-19 does not constitute an ongoing commitment in subsequent years
– Noted that this project has been proposed for the previous two years, but for several valid reasons has not been delivered. The progress of this project will be tracked through each quarter of 18/19. If the project is unable to proceed, funding will be withdrawn due to the need to fund other priorities in the Oil Sands Monitoring Program.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$35,250
Total $6,962,958
Deposition Monitoring
Projects Co-Chair Final Decision Amount
Atmospheric Pollutant Passive Monitoring Network Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $206,768
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Deposition Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat. – Adaptive monitoring for this project must consider in 18-19 results of the network optimization exercise. Any further growth of this monitoring program in 2019-20 is contingent on the outcome of the optimization exercise.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$206,768
Atmospheric Pollutant Deposition Monitoring Network – to Forest Ecosystems Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved but at a reduced funding level.
– Approved at $1,485,347
– This project was underspent in 2017/18. Quarterly updates on expenditures and accurate forecasts for 18/19 are required.
– Deliverables for this level of funding are to be clarified and an amended workplan submitted before March 23, 2018 to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Deposition Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
-Funding beyond 2018/19 is dependent upon the findings of the Deposition Monitoring Integration Review and Workshop.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$1,485,347
Meteorological Network Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $238,067
– It is a requirement of funding that this project be included within the network rationalization project (AP-D-3-1819; Ambient Air Monitoring Network Optimization).
– Deliverables for this level of funding are to be clarified and an amended workplan submitted before March 23, 2018 to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Deposition Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
-Funding beyond 2018/19 is dependent upon the findings of the Deposition Monitoring Integration Review and Workshop.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$238,067
Forest Health Monitoring Program Design Review Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved but at a reduced funding level.
– Approved at $1,412,000
– Deliverables for this level of funding are to be clarified and an amended workplan submitted before March 23, 2018 to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat. Funding levels were reduced as this review was funded last year (17/18).
– It is a requirement of funding that a status report from the review conducted in 2017/18 be submitted to the Oil Sands Monitoring Program Secretariat by April 30, 2018.
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Deposition Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– The design review report will be published, as a minimum, under the Oil Sands Monitoring Technical Report Series as informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Program Secretariat
-Funding beyond 2018/19 is dependent upon the findings of the Deposition Monitoring Integration Review and Workshop.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$1,412,000
Atmospheric Pollutant Deposition Monitoring – Lakes and Snowpack Decision Pool C 🛈-Decision Pool C: Activity paused.
– It was not clear if the funding request for 18/19 was for sampling in the field in 18/19.
– Activity paused pending outcomes of the Deposition Monitoring Integration Workshop
– It is a requirement that key members of the project team participate in a Deposition Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
-Funding in 2018/19 is dependent upon the findings of the Deposition Monitoring Integration Review and Workshop.
$0
Acid Sensitive Lakes Monitoring Decision Pool C 🛈-Decision Pool C: Activity paused.
– Activity paused pending outcomes of the Deposition Monitoring Integration Workshop
– It is a requirement that key members of the project team participate in a Deposition Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
-Funding in 2018/19 is dependent upon the findings of the Deposition Monitoring Integration Review and Workshop.
$0
Atmospheric Deposition – Identification of Sources of Contaminants in Snowpack and Lake Sediments Decision Pool C 🛈-Decision Pool C: Activity paused.
– Activity paused pending outcomes of the Deposition Monitoring Integration Workshop
– It is a requirement that key members of the project team participate in a Deposition Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
-Funding in 2018/19 is dependent upon the findings of the Deposition Monitoring Integration Review and Workshop.
$0
Atmospheric Process Study – Deposition and Effects Decision Pool C 🛈-Decision Pool C: Activity paused.
– Activity paused pending outcomes of the Deposition Monitoring Integration Workshop
– It is a requirement that key members of the project team participate in a Deposition Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
-Funding in 2018/19 is dependent upon the findings of the Deposition Monitoring Integration Review and Workshop.
$0
Cold Lake Soil Acidification Monitoring Program Decision Pool C 🛈-Decision Pool C: Activity paused; new project paused.
– Activity paused pending outcomes of the Deposition Monitoring Integration Workshop
– It is a requirement that key members of the project team participate in a Deposition Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
-Funding in 2018/19 is dependent upon the findings of the Deposition Monitoring Integration Review and Workshop.
$0
Assessing the impact of nutrient and alkaline dust emissions on jack pine forests in the AOSR Decision Pool C 🛈-Decision Pool C: Activity paused; new project paused.
– Activity paused pending outcomes of the Deposition Monitoring Integration Workshop
– It is a requirement that key members of the project team participate in a Deposition Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
-Funding in 2018/19 is dependent upon the findings of the Deposition Monitoring Integration Review and Workshop.
$0
Are Lakes and Tailings Ponds Sources of Atmospheric Ammonia? Decision Pool D 🛈-Decision Pool D: Project Not Funded.
-Funding in 2018/19 is dependent upon the findings of the Deposition Monitoring Integration Review and Workshop.
$0
Development of an integrated study on mercury in the oil sands region Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $148,739
– Change title of project to: Development of an integrated report on mercury in the oil sands region.
– This project will inform any future work on mercury in the oil sands region funded under the Oil Sands Monitoring Program post 2018/19
– The synthesis report should consider the model of the water synthesis reports and also be published under the Oil Sands Monitoring Technical Report Series as informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Program Secretariat
– It is a requirement of funding that the project lead and key project members meet with the Oil Sands Monitoring Leadership coordinated by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat prior to commencement of the project for direction.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum a final report is required by March 31, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$148,739
Total $3,490,921
Water Monitoring (Core)
Projects Co-Chair Final Decision Amount
Surface Water Quantity Monitoring – Water Levels and Flows Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $2,780,000
– This project was underspent in 2017/18. Quarterly updates on expenditures and accurate forecasts for 18/19 are required.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$2,780,000
Surface Water Quality Monitoring Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved at reduced funding levels.
– Approved at $5,885,567
– This project was underspent in 2017/18. Quarterly updates on expenditures and accurate forecasts for 18/19 are required.
– Deliverables for this level of funding are to be clarified and an amended joint (AEP and ECCC) workplan is to be submitted before March 31, 2018 to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat. Specifically, clarity is required on the respective roles of AEP and ECCC and the transition plan between the organizations by April 30, 2018.
– The OSM Secretariat will schedule a meeting with COSIA and the Alberta Energy Regulator that the project lead is to attend/participate in. The intent of the meeting will be to discuss the rationalization of the water quality monitoring program.
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Water Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$5,885,567
Total $8,665,567
Water Monitoring (Focused Study)
Projects Co-Chair Final Decision Amount
Develop an Accredited Standard Method for Quantitative Analysis of Naphthenic Acids Concentrations Decision Pool B 🛈– Decision Pool B: Workplan approved with contingency
– Approved at $189,246 with contingency
– Report for 2017-18 is required prior to funds being released for 2018/29.
– This project is to be completed in the 2018/19 year.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum a final report is required by March 31, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$189,246
Develop Quantitative Methods to Monitor Tailings Pond Seepage Decision Pool C 🛈–Decision Pool C: Activity paused; new project paused.
-Funding in 2018/19 is dependent upon key project members participating in Oil Sands Process Water release discussions occurring provincially and federally. The Oil Sands Monitoring Program Secretariat will coordinate a meeting with the lead of the Alberta Environment and Parks OSPW Science Team for discussion. If these science discussions indicate work is warranted, activity will be considered for further funding.
$0
Representative Sub-Basin Studies – Ells and Steepbank Rivers (REPs) Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $240,250
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Water Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– This project will inform how the basin approach can facilitate integration across monitoring components
– Recommendations from this project are required that inform how the basin approach can facilitate integration across monitoring components and also identify opportunities to implement this approach within the OSM program including insights gained during the Water Monitoring Integration Workshop
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$240,250
Correlation of Anthropogenic Stressors with Changes in Water Quality (Tributary Systems) Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $178,000
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Water Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– Investigation of cause that is inclusive of oil sands stressors are to be informed by this project
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$178,000
Enhanced monitoring of the Lower Athabasca – OSPW Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved but at a reduced funding level.
– Approved at $250,000
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Water Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat to ensure this project links to related monitoring projects under OSM.
-Funding in 2018/19 is dependent upon key project members participating in Oil Sands Process Water release discussions occurring provincially and federally. The scope and timing of this monitoring must be based on direction of the OSPW science team and policy directions federally and provincially. Depending upon the outcomes of these discussions, activity will be considered for further funding.
– Deliverables for this level of funding are to be clarified and an amended workplan submitted before March 23, 2018 to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$250,000
Naphthenic Acid Sample Holding Time Study Decision Pool D 🛈-Decision Pool D: Project Not Funded.
$0
SOP development for continuously recording data sondes Decision Pool D 🛈-Decision Pool D: Project Not Funded.
– The Oil Sands Monitoring Program Secretariat will coordinate a discussion between the OSM Program Leadership, the Project Lead and the Lead of the Standards and Protocols Program for OSM to explore mechanisms, scope and timing for this proposed work.
$0
Real-time Water Quality Monitoring – Lake Athabasca Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $219,883
– The capital expenditure is to be confirmed as acquired under the OSM 17/18 capital expense and this workplan modified to reflect this. An amended workplan is to be submitted before March 23, 2018 to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Water Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$219,883
Total $1,077,379
Groundwater Monitoring
Projects Co-Chair Final Decision Amount
Groundwater Monitoring Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved but at a reduced funding level.
– Approved at $500,000
– This decision does not suggest this work is of lower significance but to ensure further groundwater monitoring is based on and informed by the Monitoring Plan. Funding levels were reduced to 17/18 levels and considers funds underspent in 17/18
– Deliverables for this level of funding are to be clarified and an amended workplan submitted before March 23, 2018 to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Groundwater Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– Funding levels beyond 18/19 will be informed by the Monitoring Plan as well as the Groundwater Integration Workshop
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$500,000
A Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Plan for Groundwater in Alberta’s Athabasca Oil Sands Area Decision Pool B 🛈– Decision Pool B: Workplan approved with contingency
– Approved at $183,200 with contingency
– The project lead and key project members are to meet with the Oil Sands Monitoring Program leadership as coordinated by the OSM Secretariat to discuss this project and to rationalize budget items
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Groundwater Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– The Draft Monitoring Plan is to be presented to the Oil Sands Monitoring Program leadership as coordinated by the OSM Secretariat by December 31, 2018
-Funding expectations: All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$183,200
Oil Sands Area Groundwater Well Maintenance Program Decision Pool D 🛈-Decision Pool D: Project Not Funded.
– This decision does not suggest this work is of lower significance but to ensure further groundwater well maintenance is based on and informed by the Monitoring Plan.
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Groundwater Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– Funding levels beyond 18/19 will be informed by the Monitoring Plan as well as the Groundwater Integration Workshop
$0
Groundwater Surface-Water Interactions Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $46,845
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Groundwater Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– It is a requirement of funding that this project be integrated within the wetland program (project WL-PD-10-1819). This project will not be funded as a stand alone project beyond 18/19.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$46,845
Total $730,045
BIODIVERSITY MONITORING (Core)
Projects Co-Chair Final Decision Amount
Regional Terrestrial/Aquatic Monitoring – Status and Trends ABMI
AND
Regional Habitat Disruption Monitoring – Status and Trends of Footprint
Decision Pool E 🛈Decision Pool E: Funded under single circumstance
– Approved at $5,610,000.
– Workplans and deliverables are to be clarified separately for B-LTM-S-1819 and B-LTM-S-2-1819 and separately from the provincial biodiversity monitoring program
– Amended workplans are to be submitted before March 31, 2018 to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– Approval in 2018-19 does not represent a funding commitment for subsequent years
– It is a requirement of funding that 2018-19 funds will be administered through a contractual agreement with contract specifications and terms to be determined by Oil Sands Monitoring leadership as coordinated by the OSM Secretariat
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$5,610,000
Quantifying Risk from Oil Sands Mining to Endangered Whooping Cranes Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $130,219
– It is a requirement of funding that a status report be provided by December 2018 to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat of project status including the general location of landings and conclusions regarding preferred habitat of whooping cranes.
– Funding will end in 2018-19
-Funding expectations: as a minimum a final report is required by March 31, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$130,219
Biotic Response to Habitat Disturbance of Focal Wildlife Decision Pool C 🛈-Decision Pool C: Activity paused.
– Activity paused pending outcomes of the Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
-Funding in 2018/19 is dependent upon the findings of the Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop
$90,000
Biodiversity Monitoring of Benthic Macro Invertebrates Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $1,493,925
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Water Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$1,493,925
Biotic Response of Ungulates to Oil Sands Activity Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved but at a reduced funding level.
– Approved at $400,250 (18/18 funding level)
– Deliverables for this level of funding are to be clarified and an amended workplan submitted before March 23, 2018 to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– Funding is for one year only (2018-19)
– Decisions on future funding are dependent upon the outcomes of the Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop as well as discussion with the Oil Sands Monitoring Program leadership as coordinated by the OSM Secretariat on the distinction between the provincial versus OSM aspects of this activity
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$400,250
Fish Health Monitoring Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $1,374,110
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat
– Activity to be linked with project B-RC-11-1819
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$1,374,110
Total $9,098,504
BIODIVERSITY MONITORING (FOCUSED STUDY)
Projects Co-Chair Final Decision Amount
Boreal Caribou Census Through DNA Estimates Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved but at a reduced funding level.
– Approved at $326,250
– Approval is granted for completion of the survey portion of this work – funding for DNA analysis is not approved.
– Deliverables for this level of funding are to be clarified and an amended workplan submitted before March 23, 2018 to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat
– Decisions on future funding are dependent upon the outcomes of the Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop as well as discussion with the Oil Sands Monitoring Program leadership as coordinated by the OSM Secretariat on the distinction between the provincial versus OSM aspects of this activity
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$326,250
Monitoring Benthic-Macro Invertebrates: Investigation of Cause of Nutrients Signatures in the Athabasca River Decision Pool B 🛈– Decision Pool B: Workplan approved with contingency
– Approved at $89,518 with contingency
– The project lead and key project members are to meet with the Oil Sands Monitoring Program leadership as coordinated by the OSM Secretariat to discuss this project specifically how this project links to oil sands stressors.
– If funding is granted, it will be a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Water Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$89,518
Wildlife Contaminants and Toxicology: Investigation of Pathophysiological Effects Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved but at a reduced funding level.
– Approved at $494,000 (17/18 levels)
– Deliverables for this level of funding are to be clarified and an amended workplan submitted before March 23, 2018 to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat
– Decisions on future funding beyond 18/19 are dependent upon the outcomes of the Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop
– This project was identified as a a good example of community engagement, and as best practices that could be shared more broadly within OSM
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$494,000
Colonial Waterbirds Monitoring: Temporal and Spatial Patterns in Mercury Levels in Gull and Tern Eggs and Possible Underlying Factors Decision Pool C 🛈-Decision Pool C: Activity paused.
Activity paused pending outcomes of new project 13: Development of an integrated report on mercury in the oil sands region
– Funding in 2018/19 and beyond is dependent upon the findings of the integrated report on mercury in the oil sands region and the outcomes of the Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop
$0
Monitoring Fish Communities Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $173,500
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat
– Activity is to be linked with B-LTM-E-8-1819
– Funding beyond 18/19 must be informed by discussions with Alberta Environment & Parks Fish and Wildlife Division to ensure adequate integration, clear distinctions between provincial monitoring and that funded by the Oil Sands Monitoring Program, and to ensure leverage opportunities are realized if possible
– Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$173,500
Evaluation of Study and Sampling Design for Establishing Reference Condition of Benthic Biodiversity in Peace and Cold Lake Oil Sands Areas Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $592,613
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Water Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$592,613
Response of large mammals to oil sands development: Development and application of a Multiple Evidence Based approach Decision Pool C 🛈-Decision Pool C: Activity paused.
– Activity paused pending outcomes of the Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
-Funding in 2018/19 and beyond is dependent upon the findings of the Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop
$0
OSM Biotic Response Monitoring Plan Decision Pool D 🛈-Decision Pool D: Project Not Funded.
– This decision does not suggest this work is not important but to identify this will be an outcome of the Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop
– Key members of the project team will participate in a Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– Funding in 2018/19 and beyond is dependent upon the findings of the Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop
$0
Total $1,675,881
WETLAND ECOSYSTEM MONITORING
Projects Co-Chair Final Decision Amount
NEW Wetland Ecosystem Monitoring Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $1,787,185
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Deposition Monitoring Integration Workshop, the Water Integration Workshop, the Groundwater Integration Workshop and the Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat. These discussions will also serve to examine potential redundancies and gaps between this program and that being conduct by the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute also funded under the Oil Sands Monitoring Program.
– It is a requirement of funding that the Core Wetland Monitoring Design/Plan be delivered in 2018-19 recognizing that the can be evergreen (revisited and modified).
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$1,787,185
Design of Deltaic Wetland Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $400,000
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Deposition Monitoring Integration Workshop and the Water Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– It is a requirement of funding that this project be integrated within the wetland program (project WL-PD-10-1819). This project will not be funded as a stand alone project beyond 18/19.
– The project lead and key project members are to meet with the Oil Sands Monitoring Program leadership as coordinated by the OSM Secretariat to discuss this project; specifically how this project links to oil sands stressors.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$400,000
Remote Sensing Wetland Ecosystem Change Detection Method Development Decision Pool C 🛈-Decision Pool C: Activity paused.
– Activity paused pending a meeting to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Program Secretariat on high resolution imagery, remote sensing, LIDAR, geospatial analysis application and directions for the OSM Program overall. This includes improved understanding of leverage sources for the same or similar data.
– Funding in 2018/19 and beyond is dependent upon the findings of the meeting.
$0
Amphibian and Wetland Health: Investigation of Wetland Ecosystem Health Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved but at a reduced funding level.
– Approved at $424,000 (17/18 levels)
– Deliverables for this level of funding are to be clarified and an amended workplan submitted before March 23, 2018 to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop and the Deposition Integration Monitoring Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat
– Decisions on future funding beyond 18/19 are dependent upon the outcomes of these workshops
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$424,000
Acquisition of Aerial High-Resolution Digital Ground Terrain Information in the Peace Athabasca Delta for Wetland Monitoring Decision Pool C 🛈-Decision Pool C: Activity paused.
– Activity paused pending a meeting to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Program Secretariat on high resolution imagery, remote sensing, LIDAR, geospatial analysis application and directions for the OSM Program overall. This includes improved understanding of leverage sources for the same or similar data.
– Funding in 2018/19 and beyond is dependent upon the findings of the meeting.
$0
Total $2,611,185
Community based monitoring
Projects Co-Chair Final Decision Amount
Strengthen Community Reporting of Odours – Ambient Air Odour Study Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved but at a reduced funding level.
– Approved at $329,000 (17/18 levels)
– Deliverables for this level of funding are to be clarified and an amended workplan submitted before March 23, 2018 to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– This project was identified as a good example of community engagement, and as best practices that could be shared more broadly within OSM
– Adaptive monitoring for this project must consider results of the network optimization exercise.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$329,000
Acute Odour Monitoring Network Pilot Study Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $49,547
– Adaptive monitoring for this project must consider results of the network optimization exercise.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$49,547
Community-Based Fish Monitoring Pilot Project Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $494,450
– Activities to be captured under the Oil Sands Monitoring Program Community Based Monitoring Initiatives
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Community Based Monitoring Task Group to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat. The Task Group will be coordinated by Gleb Raygorodetsky (AEP) and Krista Tremblett and will identify the options for managing and assessing CBM under the Oil Sands Monitoring Program. The Team is to recommend to the OSM Program Co-Chairs and Science-Co-Leads the preferred path forward. A preferred option is requested by May 31, 2018
– This project should consider linkages to the Focus and Long Term Monitoring fish monitoring programs currently underway in OSM
-Funding expectations: As a minimum, an annual progress report for this project is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$494,450
Community Led Berry Contamination Study – Expansion Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $448,210
– Activities to be captured under the Oil Sands Monitoring Program Community Based Monitoring Initiatives
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Community Based Monitoring Task Group to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat. The Task Group will be coordinated by Gleb Raygorodetsky (AEP) and Krista Tremblett and will identify the options for managing and assessing CBM under the Oil Sands Monitoring Program. The Team is to recommend to the OSM Program Co-Chairs and Science-Co-Leads the preferred path forward. A preferred option is requested by May 31, 2018
-Funding expectations: As a minimum, an annual progress report for this project is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$448,210
Community Led Berry Contamination Study – Fort McKay Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $158,868
– Activities to be captured under the Oil Sands Monitoring Program Community Based Monitoring Initiatives
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Community Based Monitoring Task Group to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat. The Task Group will be coordinated by Gleb Raygorodetsky (AEP) and Krista Tremblett and will identify the options for managing and assessing CBM under the Oil Sands Monitoring Program. The Team is to recommend to the OSM Program Co-Chairs and Science-Co-Leads the preferred path forward. A preferred option is requested by May 31, 2018
-Funding expectations: As a minimum, an annual progress report for this project is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$158,868
Culturally Important Wetland Plants Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $477,000 with contingency
– Activities to be captured under the Oil Sands Monitoring Program Community Based Monitoring Initiatives
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Community Based Monitoring Task Group to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat. The Task Group will be coordinated by Gleb Raygorodetsky (AEP) and Krista Tremblett and will identify the options for managing and assessing CBM under the Oil Sands Monitoring Program. The Team is to recommend to the OSM Program Co-Chairs and Science-Co-Leads the preferred path forward. A preferred option is requested by May 31, 2018
– This project should consider linkages to the Focus and Long Term Monitoringwetland programs currently underway in OSM. This project must also connect with New Project 17 – Focal Plants Monitoring at the University of Alberta to ensure leverage opportunities are explored.
-Funding expectations: As a minimum, an annual progress report for this project is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$477,000
Oil Sands Monitoring CBM Fund Decision Pool B 🛈– Decision Pool B: Workplan approved with contingency
– Approved at $600,000 with contingency
– It is a requirement of funding that a Community Based Monitoring Task Group be established under the OSM Operational Framework Process. The Task Team is to be coordinated by Gleb Raygorodetsky (AEP) and Krista Tremblett. ECCC participation should also be considered. The role of the CBM Task Team is to identify the various options for managing and assessing CBM under the Oil Sands Monitoring Program. The Team is to recommend to the OSM Program Co-Chairs and Science-Co-Leads the preferred path forward. A preferred option is requested by May 31, 2018
-Funding expectations: As a minimum, an annual progress report for this project is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.Revised Co-Chair Decision – June 11, 2018AEP’s Indigenous Knowledge, Community Monitoring and Citizen Science (IKCMCS) Branch submitted a proposed workplan to the OSM Program for 2018/19 called, New Project 3 Oil Sands Monitoring CBM Fund, requesting a budget of $5,874,800. The proposal described an approach to explore options for mobilizing funds to support First Nation and Métis organizations in developing and/or implementing Community Based Monitoring (CBM) projects complementary to existing long-term monitoring and focused studies in the oil sands region. Following a review of the workplan by the OSM Interim Scientific Review Committee in February 2018, the workplan was conditionally approved at $1.5M with the following requirements/conditions:
“Community Based Monitoring Advisory Committee be established under the OSM Operational Framework Process. The Task Team is to be coordinated by Gleb Raygorodetsky and Krista Tremblett (AEP). ECCC participation should also be considered. The role of the CBM Task Team is to identify the various options for managing and assessing CBM under the Oil Sands Monitoring Program. The Team is to recommend to the OSM Program Co-Chairs and Science-Co-Leads the preferred path forward. A preferred option is requested by May 31, 2018.”These requirements were based on the need for the IKCMCS Branch and the proposed work to be aware of, sensitive to, and align with discussions concurrently underway with Indigenous communities in the oil sands region co-developing an OSM Operational Framework Agreement to define governance of the OSM Program including CBM. The Operational Framework Agreement Task Team has discussed the content and governance of CBM under the Oil Sands Monitoring program and expressed the following to the OSM Program Co-Chairs and Science Co-Leads:
1) A CBM Advisory Committee will be established under the OSM Operational Framework Agreement and under the umbrella of the governance structure for the OSM Program.
2) Indigenous representatives from the oil sands region will lead the CBM Advisory Committee; and, participants have been identified for initial development of the Committee.
3) The CBM Advisory Committee will determine all aspects of the governance structure and function of the Committee.
4) The CBM Advisory Committee will determine the terms of participation (role and timing) of the IKCMCS Branch in this effort.It is therefore essential that work proposed by the IKCMCS Branch under the OSM program consider the direction from the Operational Framework Task Team as outlined above. In view of the above, the scope of work and associated budget under New Project 3 Oil Sands Monitoring CBM
$600,000
Focal Plants Monitoring Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $167,000 with contingency
– Activities to be captured under the Oil Sands Monitoring Program Community Based Monitoring Initiatives
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Community Based Monitoring Task Group to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat. The Task Group will be coordinated by Gleb Raygorodetsky (AEP) and Krista Tremblett and will identify the options for managing and assessing CBM under the Oil Sands Monitoring Program. The Team is to recommend to the OSM Program Co-Chairs and Science-Co-Leads the preferred path forward. A preferred option is requested by May 31, 2018
– This project should consider linkages to the Focus and Long Term Monitoringwetland programs currently underway in OSM. This project must also connect with WL-CM-2-1819, Culturally Important Wetland Plants – to ensure leverage opportunities are explored.
-Funding expectations: As a minimum, an annual progress report for this project is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$167,000
Where are the Freshwater Clams? An Exploration Using Community-Based Methodologies Linking Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Western Science Knowledge Systems to Land Use Decision-Making – Year 2 Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $324,993 with contingency
– Activities to be captured under the Oil Sands Monitoring Program Community Based Monitoring Initiatives
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Community Based Monitoring Task Group to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat. The Task Group will be coordinated by Gleb Raygorodetsky (AEP) and Krista Tremblett and will identify the options for managing and assessing CBM under the Oil Sands Monitoring Program. The Team is to recommend to the OSM Program Co-Chairs and Science-Co-Leads the preferred path forward. A preferred option is requested by May 31, 2018
– This project should consider linkages to the Focus and Long Term Monitoring programs currently underway in OSM.
-Funding expectations: As a minimum, an annual progress report for this project is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$324,993
Total $3,049,068
Cross Cutting
Projects Co-Chair Final Decision Amount
Standard Operating Procedures for Monitoring – Collating and Auditing Decision Pool C 🛈-Decision Pool C: Activity paused.
– The project lead and key project members are to meet with the Oil Sands Monitoring Program leadership and their Executive Director as coordinated by the OSM Secretariat to discuss this project sand future direction.
– Funding in 2018/19 and beyond is dependent upon the findings of the meeting.
– If funding is granted, it will be a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in all Integration Workshops that will be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat. This is to ensure clear integration and prioritization of SOPs across the OSM Program
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$200,000
OSM Data Management System & Portal Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $2,410,000
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in all Integration Workshops that will be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat. This is to ensure clear integration and prioritization of Data Management across the OSM Program
– It is also a requirement of funding that this project aligns with D-6-1819 and the two projects be integrated into a single workplan in 19/20.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$2,410,000
OSM Asset Management System Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $23,000 (2017/18 levels)
– Staffing levels appear to be high given the estimated low asset allocation at this time under the Oil Sands Monitoring Program.
– This will be the last year of funding for this project as a stand alone item. Any further work on asset management will be conducted through the Oil Sands Monitoring Program Office workplan.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$23,000
OSM Data Publishing and Improvements to Standardization, Storage and Master Data Management Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $385,000
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in all Integration Workshops that will be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat. This is to ensure clear integration and prioritization of Data Management across the OSM Program
– It is also a requirement of funding that this project aligns with D-2-1819 and the two projects be integrated into a single workplan in 19/20.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$385,000
Develop Environmental Predictions Framework Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved but at a reduced funding level.
– Approved at $350,000 to focus on Phase 3 and integrated modelling report
– Funding in 2018/19 for Phase 3 is dependent upon key project members participating in Oil Sands Process Water release discussions occurring provincially and federally. The Oil Sands Monitoring Program Secretariat will coordinate a meeting with the lead of the Alberta Environment and Parks OSPW Science Team for discussion. Scope of Phase 3 needs to be determined in collaboration with the OSPW science team
– Deliverables for this level of funding are to be clarified and an amended workplan submitted before March 23, 2018 to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– It is a requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in a Predictive Modelling Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat
– The deliverable from the 17/18 OSM program, the Integrative Modelling Report will inform the workshop to be organized by OSM
– It is also requirement of funding that key members of the project team participate in all Integration Workshops that will be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat. This is to ensure clear integration and prioritization of Modelling across the OSM Program
– Decisions on future funding beyond 18/19 are dependent upon the outcomes of these workshops
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$530,000
Reporting Ambient Monitoring Results – Air Evaluation Integration Synthesis and Reporting – Technical Audience Decision Pool A 🛈– Decision Pool A: Workplan approved.
– Approved at $180,000
— Remove “Technical Audience” from the project title
– Revise the work plan, and associated obligations, to reflect integration and coordination of air component, including synthesis reports. The amended workplan is to be submitted before March 23, 2018 to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– This will be the last year of funding for this project; project leads should consider adopting the OSM Water Synthesis model rather than the proposed multi-year reporting approach.
– The synthesis report should consider the model of the water synthesis reports and also be published under the Oil Sands Monitoring Technical Report Series as informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Program Secretariat
-Funding expectations: as a minimum a final report is required by March 31, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$180,000
Integration & Evaluation – Ecosystem Health/ Biotic Synthesis Wildlife Contaminants Component Decision Pool D 🛈-Decision Pool D: Project Not Funded.
– This decision does not suggest this work is not important but to identify this will be an outcome of the Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop
– Key members of the project team will participate in a Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop to be informed by the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– Funding in 2018/19 and beyond is dependent upon the findings of the Biological Monitoring Integration Workshop
$0
GIS Data Management Environment Decision Pool B 🛈– Decision Pool B: Workplan approved with contingency
– Approved at $332,000 contingent upon budget rationalization of staffing capacity required (Alberta Environment and Parks staffing request)
– Funds will not be released until this budget rationalization is completed.
– An amended workplan and rationalized budget is to be submitted before March 23, 2018 to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– It is a requirement of funding that this work be informed by a meeting coordinated by the Oil Sands Monitoring Program Secretariat on high resolution imagery, remote sensing, LIDAR, geospatial analysis application and directions for the OSM Program overall.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by March 31, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$332,000
Primary website to provide all information and data access for the OSM Program for Integrated Reporting of Environmental Condition Decision Pool B 🛈– Decision Pool B: Workplan approved with contingency
– Approved at $54,750 contingent upon budget rationalization of staffing capacity required (Alberta Environment and Parks staffing request)
– Funds will not be released until this budget rationalization is completed.
– An amended workplan and rationalized budget is to be submitted before March 23, 2018 to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
– This will be the last year of funding for this project as a stand alone item. Any further work on asset management will be conducted through the Oil Sands Monitoring Program Office workplan.
– Linkage with the ECCC is required
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$54,750
E6-1819 Intergrated Analytics and Reporting on Environmental Condition in the Oil Sands Region Decision Pool B 🛈– Decision Pool B: Workplan approved with contingency
– Approved at $2,429,000 contingent upon workplan amendments as below
– Approval requires the integration workshops to be removed from this workplan and included under the OSM Program Office
– Funds will not be released until this amendment is completed.
– An amended workplan and rationalized budget is to be submitted before March 23, 2018 to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat.
-Funding expectations: as a minimum an annual progress report is required by February 28, 2019. All publications or products resulting from this work requires acknowledgement of funding from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program and are to be provided to the Oil Sands Monitoring Secretariat for tracking and any programmatic communications purposes. Work funded through the Oil Sands Program will be available for public dissemination.
$2,429,000
Total $6,523,750
Oil Sands Program Office
Projects Co-Chair Final Decision Amount
Secretariat Support – ECCC & AEP Approved $1,165,876
OSM External Collaboration System Approved $49,600
OSM Program Reporting Approved $150,000
Work Planning for 2019/20 – Multi-Stakeholder Workshops Approved $350,000
OS Science Symposium and Multistakeholder meetings Approved $415,000
Capital Purchase $0
Indigenous Participation Approved $1,000,000
Indigenous Participation – CBM Approved $900,000
Tentative – OSM Space in Ft. McMurray Approved $300,000
Placeholder: OSM Program Office Setup Approved $3,200,000
Total $7,530,476