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Athabasca River (includes sites M2, M3, M4, M5, M6, M7 [2011-March 2018])

Water quality chemistry data for 17 sites in the lower Athabasca River (LAR), the Peace and Slave rivers, and their tributaries, including measurements of major ions, nutrients, metals (dissolved and total) and organics (including BTEX, cyanide and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). An interpretive report (Glozier et. al., 2018) was released in 2018, which included assessments of the water quality status and trends for data from 2012-2015. An excerpt from the executive summary is provided below and the full report can be found online at https://open.alberta.ca/publications/9781460140284

“During the three year JOSM period, over 1300 water quality samples were collected from 21 locations representing a nearly 5-fold increase in overall sampling effort in the Lower Atahbasc river (LAR), Peace River (PR), Slave River (SR) and Peace Athabasca Delta (PAD).

Last Updated: Jan. 7, 2020
Date Published: Jan. 18, 2013
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: PDF CSV
Keywords:  water quality, long term monitoring, oil sands, Athabasca River, metals, major ions, nutrients, organics, physical and chemical
Federal

Mainstem Athabasca River Biomonitoring

Benthic macroinvertebrates, comprising insects, crusteaceans, molluscs and worms, represent a group of organisms used widely in environmental monitoring programs as early warning indicators to assess the effects of change in water quality or physical habitat conditions on aquatic ecosystem health. An interpretive report (Culp et. al., 2018) was released in 2018 which included assessments of the benthic and supporting data from 2012-2015. An excerpt from the executive summary regarding the mainstem benthic invertebrate results is provided below and the full report can be found online at https://open.alberta.ca/publications/9781460140314).

Last Updated: Jan. 7, 2020
Date Published: Jul. 10, 2015
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: PDF CSV XLS
Keywords:  biomonitoring, oil sands, benthic invertebrates, organisms, macroinvertebrate, water quality, rivers, streams, wetlands
Federal

Water Quality Monitoring on Tributaries in the Athabasca River Oil Sands Region

Ells River (EL1, ELLS RIFF 2, ELLS RIFF5 [2012-2015])
Mackay River (MA1 [2012-2015], MA2 [2013-2015])
Steepbank River (STB RIFF1, STB WSC, STB RIFF7, STB RIFF10 [2012-2015])
Firebag River (FI1, FI WSC [2012-2015])
Muskeg River (MU1 [2012-2015]), MU6 [2012-2015]), MU7 [2012])
High Hills River (HIHI1 [2013-2015])

Water quality of tributaries in the Athabasca River oil sands region is heavily influenced by the presence of the underlying Cretaceous bedrock, which is comprised of shale, sandstone and limestone. The waters are moderately hard (average alkalinity of 114 mg l-1 CaCO3) because of their mineral content, particularly magnesium (average 8.62 mg l-1), calcium (average 28.06 mg l-1) and bicarbonate (138.53 mg l-1). This mineral content results in an average conductivity of 245 +/- 4 µS cm-1 and total dissolved solids concentration of 140 +/- 2 ppm. Concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorus (indicators of nutrient status) are typically low to moderate, averaging 0.14 mg l-1 total phosphorus, 0.03 mg l-1 total dissolved phosphorus, 0.92 mg l-1 total nitrogen, 0.09 mg l-1 nitrogen as nitrate+nitrite, and 0.04 mg l-1 nitrogen as total ammonia.

Last Updated: Feb. 21, 2019
Date Published: Feb. 7, 2014
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: PDF CSV XLS
Keywords:  water quality, long term monitoring, oil sands, Athabasca River, metals, major ions, nutrients, organics, physical and chemical
Federal

Water chemistry and 26 different metals were measured at 21 wetland sites where studies of amphibian health are being monitored. Water chemistry measurements (pH, conductivity, total dissolved solids, etc.) assess water quality, characterize the wetlands studied and allow for comparisons among the different types of wetlands monitored. The data show low concentrations of metals, with many metals undetectable.

Last Updated: Jul. 22, 2019
Date Published: Oct. 24, 2014
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: HTML
Keywords:  oil sands, monitoring, biodiversity, contaminants, amphibians, wildlife
Federal

The Water Quality Index (WQI), developed by the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment (CCME) is used to assess the water quality of Pukaskwa’s rivers and streams. Three key stressors (acidification, eutrophication and metal loading) are assessed using nine parameters [pH, aluminum, calcium, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, dissolved oxygen concentration, iron (Fe), cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb)]. Water samples are collected three times a year (spring, summer and fall) from each sampling site (White River, Willow River, Oiseau Creek, White Gravel River, North Swallow River, Swallow, Cascade River, Tagouche Creek and Imogene Creek). Samples are sent to the National Laboratory for Environmental Testing (NLET), Burlington, ON, to test for metals and to Natural Resources Canada, Sault Ste.

Last Updated: Apr. 15, 2022
Date Published: Oct. 1, 2017
Organization: Parks Canada
Formats: CSV
Keywords:  Water Quality Index, WQI, Pukaskwa, acidification, eutrophication, nutrients, metals, YSI, Stream
Federal

Verified and validated SPMD data are available on experimental research data to ascertain whether low concentrations of PACs can be more accurately detected using semi-permeable membrane devices than with water grab samples. Data are available from spring 2012 through winter 2014/15 from sites in the Athabasca, Peace, and Slave rivers, and within the Peace Athabasca Delta. Data are provisional and subject to change pending peer-review of the methods used as this is a relatively new technology and standard methods are not available. The calculated time-integrated dissolved concentrations generated from the SPMD samples are used to assess detection rates (percent of samples with concentration greater than the analytical level of quantification) for the same compounds measured in the water quality grab samples.

Last Updated: Jul. 23, 2021
Date Published: Jun. 30, 2016
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: PDF CSV
Keywords:  water quality, long term monitoring, oil sands, Athabasca River, organics, polycyclic aromatic compounds, watershed, contaminants, open water
Federal

Tributary Biomonitoring (Lower Athabasca River)

Benthic macroinvertebrates, comprising insects, crusteaceans, molluscs and worms, represent a group of organisms used widely in environmental monitoring programs as early warning indicators to assess the effects of change in water quality or physical habitat conditions on aquatic ecosystem health. An interpretive report (Culp et. al., 2018) was released in 2018 which included assessments of the benthic and supporting data from 2012-2015. An excerpt from the executive summary regarding the tributary benthic invertebrate results is provided below and the full report can be found online at https://open.alberta.ca/publications/9781460140314.

Last Updated: Jul. 21, 2021
Date Published: Jul. 10, 2015
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: PDF CSV
Keywords:  biomonitoring, oil sands, benthic invertebrates, organisms, macroinvertebrate, water quality, rivers, streams, wetlands
Federal

The Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators CESI program provides data and information to track Canada's performance on key environmental sustainability issues. The Phosphorus and Nitrogen Levels in the St. Lawrence River indicator reports on the status of total phosphorus and total nitrogen concentrations along the St. Lawrence River for the 2010 to 2012 period. The indicator rates nitrogen and phosphorus status based on whether total phosphorus and total nitrogen concentrations exceed Quebec's total phosphorus water quality guideline for the protection of aquatic life, and its total nitrogen water quality guideline for the protection of aquatic life. When phosphorus and nitrogen concentrations exceed their respective water quality guidelines, this exceedance indicates that phosphorus and nitrogen pose a greater risk to the health of the St. Lawrence River aquatic ecosystem.

Last Updated: Jan. 7, 2019
Date Published: Aug. 22, 2014
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: CSV HTML
Keywords:  environmental indicators, water, water quality, St. Lawrence River, regional ecosystems, nitrogen, monitoring stations, water quality guidelines
Federal

As part of a water quality survey, stream samples were collected throughout the Big Creek, Lynn River, and Nanticoke Creek Watershed in Southern Ontario in 2008. The project was undertaken to examine stream water quality under base flow conditions and was done in support of Environment and Climate Change Canada’s ongoing work to assess the status of the waters of the Great Lakes Basin. Sample collection was done at roadside stream crossings using a stainless steel bucket. Field parameters (temperature, specific conductivity, dissolved oxygen, pH) were determined on site using a YSI 600QS Sonde.

Last Updated: Jan. 14, 2022
Date Published: Nov. 15, 2021
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: HTML
Keywords:  Water quality, Chemistry, Environment
Federal

The Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators (CESI) program provides data and information to track Canada's performance on key environmental sustainability issues. The Nutrients in the St. Lawrence River indicator reports on the status of total phosphorus and total nitrogen concentrations along the St. Lawrence River. It rates total nitrogen and total phosphorus status based on whether total phosphorus and total nitrogen concentrations exceed Quebec's total phosphorus water quality guideline for the protection of aquatic life and a total nitrogen water quality guideline for the protection of aquatic life specific to the St. Lawrence River. Exceeding a water quality guideline suggests a greater risk to the health of the St. Lawrence River ecosystem posed by phosphorus and/or nitrogen.Information is provided to Canadians in a number of formats including: static and interactive maps, charts and graphs, HTML and CSV data tables and downloadable reports.

Last Updated: Jan. 7, 2019
Date Published: Aug. 22, 2014
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: CSV HTML
Keywords:  environmental indicators, water, water quality, St. Lawrence River, regional ecosystems, nutrients, phosphorus, nitrogen, monitoring stations
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