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Federal

An Area of Concern (AOC) is a location where environmental quality is degraded compared to other areas in the Great Lake Basin resulting in the impairment of beneficial uses. A total of 43 AOCs were identified as a result of Annex 2 of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA).The Canada-United States GLWQA identifies 14 beneficial uses that must be restored in order to remove the designation as an Area of Concern. A beneficial use is defined as the ability of living organisms (including humans) to use the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem without adverse consequences. A Beneficial Use Impairment (BUI) is a condition that interferes with the enjoyment of a water use.

Last Updated: Jul. 22, 2021
Date Published: Oct. 1, 2015
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: HTML
Keywords:  Huron-Erie Corridor, binational policy, industry, partnerships, sediment, habitat, biota, wildlife, fish
Federal

Water quality and ecosystem health surveillance and monitoring data collected to complete assessments of beneficial use impairments of Areas of Concern (AOCs) and to track the effectiveness of remedial measures and confirm restoration of beneficial uses are included in this dataset. AOCs are geographic areas in the Great Lakes that were identified in the mid-1980s where significant impairment of beneficial uses has occurred as a result of human activities at the local level. Remediating AOCs contributes to the sustainability of local communities and of the Great Lakes region, and is a joint commitment under the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA).

Last Updated: Jun. 10, 2022
Date Published: Sep. 8, 2015
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: HTML
Keywords:  Water quality, Great Lakes, Areas of Concern, Monitoring, Surveillance, Trends, Status, Toxics, Great Lakes Action Plan
Federal

An Area of Concern (AOC) is a location where environmental quality is degraded compared to other areas in the Great Lake Basin resulting in the impairment of beneficial uses. A total of 43 AOCs were identified as a result of Annex 2 of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA).The Canada-United States GLWQA identifies 14 beneficial uses that must be restored in order to remove the designation as an Area of Concern. A beneficial use is defined as the ability of living organisms (including humans) to use the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem without adverse consequences. A Beneficial Use Impairment (BUI) is a condition that interferes with the enjoyment of a water use.

Last Updated: Jul. 23, 2021
Date Published: Sep. 18, 2018
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: HTML
Keywords:  Great Lakes Action Plan (GLAP), Area of Concern (AOC), remedial and restoration, binational policy, remediation, partnerships, beneficial use impairments, Environment, Biota
Federal

Particle data from Canadian and U.S. ground-based monitoring networks from 1982 forward include the following:

  • Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD);
  • Aerosol Size Distribution;
  • Aerosol Number;
  • Aerosol Chemical Composition;
  • Particulate Matter Mass;
  • Particulate Matter <= 2.5 microns (PM2.5);
  • Particulate Matter <= 10 microns (PM10);
  • Particulate Metals.

For further information about Atmospheric Particles Data, see the Monitoring of Atmospheric Particles_Metadata.pdf file. These measurements help scientists understand the linkages between aerosol chemical composition, aerosol radiative properties, cloud formation and precipitation.

Last Updated: Feb. 23, 2022
Date Published: Aug. 10, 2016
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: PDF HTML
Keywords:  Air, Air Quality, Atmospheric Monitoring, NAtChem, Networks and Studies, Atmospheric Particles, Great Lakes Basin, GLB, Aerosol Robotic (Canadian) Network
Federal

Assess the importance of atmospheric deposition of contaminants as a contributor to ecological impacts of oil sands development and identify sources.

• Use snowpack measurements sampled across a gridwork to develop maps of winter-time atmospheric contaminant loadings for the region ~100 km from the major upgrading facilities

• Assess long-term trends in winter-time atmospheric deposition

• Determine the potential impact of wintertime snowpack mercury loads on tributary river water mercury concentrations (Spring Freshet) using Geographic Information System and hydrological modelling approaches

• Compare snowpack loadings to those obtained from precipitation monitoring and compare spatial patterns to PAC air measurements obtained from passive sampling network

Last Updated: May 20, 2022
Date Published: Jul. 8, 2015
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: WMS CSV HTML ESRI REST
Keywords:  Water - Quality, Observation/Measurement, Assess Toxicity; Manage and Monitor for Environmental Presence of Hazardous Substances and Waste, Monitor / Assess Substance and Waste Levels in Air; Water; Soil; Biota, Prairie - Alberta (AB), Prairie - Saskatchewan (SK), Territories - Northwest Territories (NT), Precipitation, Oil sands
Federal

Water quality monitoring data collected in priority tributaries to provide nutrient concentration data to estimate nutrient loads to the waters of the Great Lakes. Data is collected to advance the science to understand and address the complex problem of recurrent toxic and nuisance algae in the Great Lakes. The majority of the data is focused on Lake Erie, the smallest, shallowest of the Great Lakes, and most susceptible to nearshore water quality issues. Water quality monitoring is conducted to establish current nutrient loadings from selected Canadian tributaries; to enhance the knowledge of the factors that affect tributary and nearshore water quality, ecosystem health, and algae growth; to establish binational lake ecosystem objectives, phosphorus objectives, and phosphorous load reduction targets, and to support the development of a binational nearshore assessment and management framework.

Last Updated: May 13, 2022
Date Published: Sep. 3, 2018
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: HTML
Keywords:  Water quality, Great Lakes, Trends, Status, Nutrients, Loads, Ecosystem, Transboundary, Monitoring
Federal

Water quality monitoring data collected in priority tributaries to provide nutrient concentration data to estimate nutrient loads to the waters of the Great Lakes. Data is collected to advance the science to understand and address the complex problem of recurrent toxic and nuisance algae in the Great Lakes. The majority of the data is focused on Lake Erie, the smallest, shallowest of the Great Lakes, and most susceptible to nearshore water quality issues. Water quality monitoring is conducted to establish current nutrient loadings from selected Canadian tributaries; to enhance the knowledge of the factors that affect tributary and nearshore water quality, ecosystem health, and algae growth; to establish binational lake ecosystem objectives, phosphorus objectives, and phosphorous load reduction targets, and to support the development of a binational nearshore assessment and management framework.

Last Updated: Aug. 5, 2022
Date Published: Sep. 3, 2018
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: HTML TXT
Keywords:  Water quality, Great Lakes, Trends, Status, Nutrients, Loads, Ecosystem, Transboundary, Major ions
Federal

The Special Studies presented on this site are special measurement campaigns (with durations of several weeks to several years) carried out by the Air Quality Research Division of Environment Canada and its government, university and industry collaborators. The Special Studies data sets consist of air and/or precipitation chemistry data collected at high temporal and/or spatial resolution for the purpose of characterizing chemical concentrations and processes in the atmosphere. The Special Studies data files were chosen because of their high potential applicability to current and future atmospheric research. The data sets available for download are provided in collaboration with the National Atmospheric Chemistry (NAtChem) Database and Analysis Facility of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Last Updated: Feb. 21, 2022
Date Published: Nov. 14, 2014
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: PDF HTML
Keywords:  Air, Quality, Atmospheric Monitoring, Gases, Particles, Precipitation Chemistry, Dry deposition, Wet deposition, Acidifying species
Federal

Ambient concentrations of speciated mercury (Hg) have been measured at many locations across Canada. Mercury in the atmosphere is measured in three operationally-defined forms - gaseous elemental mercury (GEM), reactive gaseous mercury (RGM), and particulate-bound mercury (PBM). Under most conditions, GEM (or Hg0) is the predominant species in the air (~95-99%), while RGM and PBM concentrations are typically two orders of magnitude lower, i.e., <5% of the total atmospheric mercury concentration. Reactive gaseous mercury is thought to consist of compounds such as HgCl2, HgBr2, Hg(OH)2 although the exact composition is unknown.

Last Updated: Feb. 23, 2022
Date Published: Jan. 1, 2002
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: PDF HTML
Keywords:  Air, Air Quality, Atmospheric Monitoring, NAtChem, Atmospheric Gases and Particles, Networks and Studies, SMM, Speciated Mercury, Hg
Federal

The Great Lakes Basin Integrated Nutrient Dataset compiles and standardizes phosphorus, nitrogen, and suspended solids data collected between the 2000-2019 water years from multiple Canadian and American sources around the Great Lakes. Ultimately, the goal is to enable regional nutrient data analysis within the Great Lakes Basin. This data is not directly used in the Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance Division tributary load calculations. Data processing steps include standardizing data column and nutrient names, date-time conversion to Universal Time Coordinates, normalizing concentration units to milligram per liter, and reporting all phosphorus and nitrogen compounds 'as phosphorus' or 'as nitrogen'.

Last Updated: Mar. 17, 2022
Date Published: Dec. 18, 2019
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: HTML CSV TXT
Keywords:  nutrients, phosphorus, nitrogen, nitrite, nitrate, ammonia, turbidity, suspended solids, integrated
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