Water

Did you ever stop and wonder how and where we get information on the condition of rivers, lakes, streams and reservoirs in Alberta? Monitoring provides basic information to answer questions such as is the water safe to drink and are lake levels changing?
Learn more about water monitoring by scrolling through the content below, or visit the Water Program Page.

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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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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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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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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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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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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Oil Sands Monitoring Community Report

You have questions about the environment in the oil sands region…and we’re working to find the answers.   Find out how we’re monitoring in the oil sands region, the questions we’re asking, and the answers we’re getting…visit www.osmreport.ca.  

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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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Keeping Invasive Mussels Out of Alberta, One Boat at a Time

Zebra and quagga mussels attach to any hard surface and grow like a carpet. They colonize dams and irrigation systems and are a significant physical nuisance for infrastructure. We have over seven thousand kilometers of irrigation canals and pipe in Alberta, all of which could be damaged by an infestation of zebra mussels. Quagga mussels […]

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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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