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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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Study finds contaminants from in-situ bitumen production in Alberta lake near 2013 Primrose leak

Collaborative research by scientists at the University of Ottawa and the Government of Alberta’s Environment and Parks ministry has found that the concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have increased in lake sediments near in-situ drilling wells since production began at the Cold Lake oil sands development in the 1980s. PAHs, a diverse group of […]

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A new study shows warmer temperatures are affecting lakes in the oil sands region

KINGSTON – A recent collaborative research project between scientists from academia and government agencies has identified climate warming as the dominant driver of an increase in algal growth in the Athabasca oilsands region of northern Alberta. Researchers used dated lake sediment cores to reconstruct past algal production and industrial impact at 23 remote, helicopter-accessed lakes […]

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TRENDING NOW: Scientist Lends Expertise to Manage Triathlon’s Blue-Green Algae (Cyanobacteria) Problem

Ron is playing a key role in dealing with the cyanobacteria issue at Hawrelak Park Lake. Cyanobacteria poses risks to human health in large quantities and when Alberta Health Services (AHS) declared a blue-green algae health risk advisory for the lake in the weeks leading up to the ITU World Triathlon Edmonton, where the swimming […]

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