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 (lentic systems), groundwater, air, and biodiversity. Transitioning networks towards adaptive monitoring systems will enable relevant, scientifically sound monitoring to detect environmental change and inform management of environmental challenges now, and in the future.
Evaluation and re-design of ambient condition monitoring networks considers:
- Key information needs and concerns for stakeholders across Alberta.
- Optimizing monitoring strategies and deployment of resources to produce scientifically credible, timely and relevant information.
- Advancing the understanding of how natural and anthropogenic stressors are impacting Alberta’s environment through scientific evaluation of, and reporting on, current and historical data from across Alberta.
- Updating quality assurance and quality control programs and using standardized field and laboratory procedures and protocols to produce reliable, accurate and defensible data.
The first report in a Program Design Series outlines the key science questions, monitoring activities, QA/QC program and reporting products to improve our knowledge of the condition of Alberta’s rivers and streams (lotic ecosystems).