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Heavy rain creates changes in water levels and flow in North Saskatchewan River

For those of you as excited about the changes that are being demonstrated in the North Saskatchewan over the last 24 hours, from low to very high flows, as I am – which I quite reasonably imagine is pretty much all of you – here are a couple of graphs of both water depth and […]

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Award-winning air quality research in the Oil Sands region

The paper outlines Lucas and his co-authors’ research in monitoring greenhouse gases (GHGs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and odour compounds. These compounds have been attracting the attention of both policy-makers and the public because of the Climate Change initiatives Alberta and other jurisdictions have been taking, the potential health impacts of VOCs and odour concerns […]

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Partnering with Inside Education: Advancing Water Education Together

“I cannot possibly describe in words just how awesome this experience was for the students and myself. Living in Fort Chip, our students rarely get the opportunity to take part in something like this. In fact, I can honestly say that this event and the great people involved somehow managed to bring out a side […]

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Honouring the Graduates of the 2015 Environmental Monitoring Technician Training Program

Honouring the Graduates of the 2015 Environmental Monitoring Technician Training Program Fifteen Aboriginal trainees from eight First Nation and Métis communities successfully completed the five-week Environmental Monitoring Technician Program Pilot co-funded by AEMERA (now the Environmental Monitoring and Science Division) and Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF). The group celebrated their program completion with a […]

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Measuring Air Quality Over Tailings Ponds

The exploration of oil sands in Northern Alberta generates significant amount of tailings that is stored in tailings ponds over long periods. Fugitive air emissions occur due to evaporation and chemical/biological activities. These emissions include Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Green House Gases (GHG) examples of which include carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4­).

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Keeping the Land “Clean, Fresh and Friendly”

First, I am very honoured to be one of 15 students accepted into this Environmental Monitoring Program sponsored by Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF) and AEMERA (now the Environmental Monitoring and Science Division). I am a strong believer in keeping the land “Clean, Fresh and Friendly” and am grateful to learn about how we […]

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Environmental Monitoring’s Role in Climate Change Leadership

Appropriate environmental monitoring, evaluation and reporting vital to successful implementation to Alberta’s Climate Change Leadership Plan…

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Did you know….

… these five interesting facts about peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus)? Peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on earth. One falcon who was trained to follow human skydivers reached a top speed of 389 km/ hr during a dive. They have the largest natural distribution of any bird – rivalled only by barn owls, ravens and […]

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Ground water quantity monitoring in Fort McMurray

On Wednesday October 21st the Edmonton ground water team was in Fort McMurray for the annual water quantity run. In total there were 16 wells that needed to be visited in order to collect water level data to be fed into the provincial WISKI database. All the sites that were visited were remote and required […]

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Environment Canada air quality modelling in the oil sands

This week several media outlets have highlighted air quality modelling work conducted by Environment Canada under the Joint Oil Sands Monitoring Plan. Specifically, Environment Canada presented two video animations at the Environmental Monitoring and Science (formerly AEMERA) February Oil Sands Monitoring Symposium: An animation showing the change in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels over the oil sands region. […]

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