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Wildfire Smoke Impacts on Air Quality in Alberta

Air quality is monitored by Alberta Environment and Parks and airsheds using continuous air monitoring stations in more than 30 communities across Alberta. Real-time data from these continuous stations are used to inform the public on current air quality conditions through the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI). During wildfire smoke events, portable air quality monitors […]

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Evaluation of the Fort Air Partnership Passive Monitoring Sites: Summary of Findings

Author: Casandra Brown   The Fort Air Partnership (FAP) is a not-for-profit multi-stakeholder organization with members from industry, government, and the public. FAP operates an air quality monitoring network in an area northeast of Edmonton in and around Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, including the towns of Bon Accord, Bruderheim, Fort Saskatchewan, Gibbons, Lamont, and Redwater. FAP […]

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Wabasca Lake Monitoring Project Results Report

Wabasca Lake Monitoring Project Results Report Ron Zurawell, Rebekah Adams, and Craig Emmerton The Environmental Monitoring and Science Division of Alberta Environment and Parks is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the Lands Department of Bigstone Cree Nation on the 2016-2017 North Wabasca Lake water quality monitoring project.       The Wabasca Lake […]

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Knowledge for a Changing Environment: 2019-2024 Science Strategy

Knowledge for a Changing Environment: 2019-2024 Science Strategy                              The 2019-2024 Science Strategy sets the strategic direction for Alberta’s environmental monitoring and science program and identifies five priority areas to advance through an integrated, adaptive, and collaborative environmental science program. The five priority areas identified in the Science Strategy […]

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A five-year provincial water quality monitoring, evaluation and reporting plan for lotic systems

A five-year provincial water quality monitoring, evaluation and reporting plan for lotic systems Jason G. Kerr and Colin A. Cooke           Scientists at Alberta Environment and Parks are evaluating, and when needed, updating the provincial programs and networks for monitoring ambient environmental condition in Alberta’s rivers and streams (lotic systems), lakes […]

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Alberta: Air Zones Report 2014-2016

Alberta: Air Zones Report 2014-2016   Casandra Brown         The Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS) are national ambient air quality standards intended to protect human health and the environment. The CAAQS focus on assessing fine particulate matter and ground-level ozone as there are significant human health and environmental effects associated with these parameters. […]

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Land use, climate change and ecological responses in the Upper North Saskatchewan and Red Deer River Basins: A scientific assessment

Land use, climate change and ecological responses in the Upper North Saskatchewan and Red Deer River Basins: A scientific assessment   Dan Farr, Colleen Mortimer, Faye Wyatt, Andrew Braid, Charlie Loewen, Craig Emmerton, Simon Slater       The Eastern Slopes of Canada’s Rocky Mountains have been managed for headwater protection, natural resource production, recreation, […]

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Linear Disturbances in the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills of Alberta: Review of Potential Ecological Responses

Linear Disturbances in the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills of Alberta: Review of Potential Ecological Responses Dan Farr, Andrew Braid, and Simon Slater       A considerable body of information is available in the scientific literature to evaluate potential ecological responses to linear disturbances in the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Drawing from a previous assessment […]

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Alberta: Air Zones Report 2012-2014 & 2013-2015

Alberta: Air Zones Report 2012-2014 & 2013-2015   Janine Ross, Casandra Brown, Cristen Adams, and Bob Myrick         The Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS) are national ambient air quality standards intended to protect human health and the environment. The CAAQS focus on assessing fine particulate matter and ground-level ozone as there are significant […]

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Castle Region Scientific Assessment and Synthesis

Ecological Response to Human Activities in Southwestern Alberta: Scientific Assessment and Synthesis   D. Farr, A. Braid, A. Janz, B. Sarchuk, S. Slater, A. Sztaba, D. Barrett, G. Stenhouse, A. Morehouse, and M. Wheatley       This report summarizes the scientific evidence for ecological responses of soil, vegetation, hydrology, and wildlife to human activities […]

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