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.

Our Incredible Summer Students

Brandi Bartha, Nicole Steenveld, Garret Doll, Jackson Woren and Farron Bibby spent their summer learning first-hand about their chosen career fields, while gaining practical experience in environmental monitoring. As any summer student can attest to, gaining real world experience is the number one desired outcome at the end of a work term. However, if you […]

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Why We Monitor Mercury

Human activity is an increasingly prevalent cause of mercury release. As an example, coal-burning power generation facilities are the most common source of mercury in the environment1. In Alberta, the majority of mercury emissions are through the air2. While mercury is a naturally-occurring element, it can be harmful to the environment and wildlife if it […]

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Protecting Alberta’s Lakes Against Aquatic Invasive Species

Zebra mussels originated in the Black Sea and get their name from the striped pattern. Zebra mussels reproduce at an incredible rate – an adult female zebra mussel can produce 30,000 to 40,000 eggs in each reproductive cycle, and over 1 million each year. Invasive species such as the zebra mussel threaten native plants and […]

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Citizen Monitoring: CoCoRHaS

After meeting with representatives from the Bow River Basin Council to discuss the citizen-based precipitation monitoring program called the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, or CoCoRaHS, some monitoring and science staff are now participating by setting up their own precipitation monitoring gauges. CoCoRaHS is a non-profit, network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds […]

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Snowpack Season

This is why, each spring, you will find Jon Pedlar and the rest of the snowpack team – Kate Forbes, Scott Campbell and Rick Pickering – trekking out into some of Alberta’s highest and most remote locations, collecting information on the status of the mountain snowpack. Operating out of Calgary, Jon monitors snowpack relating primarily […]

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Oil Sand Monitoring Symposium: Program

Tuesday, February 24th Welcome and opening remarks Jay Nagendran, President & CEO, AEMERA Keynote Address: How science can inform policy and decision-making Dr. Lorne Taylor, Board Chair, AEMERA Overview of the Joint Canada-Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring Prasad Valupadas, AEMERA and David Boerner, Environment Canada theme 1: pressures and stressors session 1: emissions […]

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