Government of Alberta Reports
In addition to the RRTAC and AOSERP reports housed elsewhere in this ERA Community, the Government of Alberta, and in particular Alberta Environment, also published reports on oil sands reclamation and environmental management. These reports were prepared by a number of organizational units over the years, including the Land Conservation and Reclamation Council and the Research Management Division. TAKE NOTE: These reports are provided to give context and historical information. As they are old they may contain references to out-of-date legislation and policies. Readers should be cautious when using these materials and always refer to current legislation and policies.
Items in this Collection
- 6Vaartnou, H.
- 5Stewart Weir Stewart Watson & Heinrichs
- 5Wheeler, G. W.
- 4Conservation and Utilization Committee
- 4Land Conservation and Reclamation Council
- 4Mayhood, D. W.
As a result of industrial development in the Athabasca oil sands area of northeastern Alberta, concerns have been raised regarding potential impacts on surface water quality in the area. It is of particular concern that the cumulative effects of increasing development of the oil sands may create...
An environmental study of the Athabasca tar sands: Report and recommendations to Alberta Department of the EnvironmentDownload
The following was the general concept of the work for which the Study was commissioned: • Identify the various methods that could be used for oil extraction and their comparative merits with respect to minimum adverse effects on the environment. • In considering the Clark method of tar sands...
A collection of working papers that helped inform the final report and recommendations, including: • Recommended Models for Calculating Diffusion From Point Sources With Applications to the Athabasca Bituminous Sands Area Western Research & Development Ltd • Meteorological Aspects of the...
This report investigates the relationship between certain hydrocarbons that are present naturally, or could be introduced due to surface oil sands mining and upgrading activities, and their potential bioaccumulation and tainting of the commercial fishery in the Athabasca River. This includes...
Aspects of the hydrologic and sediment regimes of the Muskeg River basin and the consequences of vegetation removalDownload
In a near-natural state the aptly named 1520 km2 Muskeg River basin in northeastern Alberta has an average annual water yield of 94 mm, (20 percent of the precipitation), and an average annual sediment yield of 3210 tonnes (2.20 t/km2) which is derived almost exclusively from channel and riparian...
This report identifies historical, annual and open water, low flow sequences for 13 stations in the Athabasca River Basin. Frequency curves are developed which provide an estimate of droughts of a specified exceedance probability. Drought events recorded on the Athabasca River below McMurray...
This report presents details on the analysis of historical natural flows in the Athabasca River basin. Monthly flows are provided for the period 1912 to 1980 at 21 locations on the Athabasca River and its major tributaries. The flow data sets are suitable for water management planning on the...
The Athabasca River Basin contains valuable resources including timber, coal, petroleum and natural gas, and oil sands. A variety of intensive development activities are taking place and the use of water in these activities is important. In order to provide the Athabasca River Basin Planner...
The Pesticide Chemicals Branch of Alberta Environment conducted a monitoring program in 1979 related to two methoxychlor treatments of the Athabasca River for black fly (Simulium arcticum) control. Three populations of black fly larvae were observed in 1979 and the first two populations were...
The use of methoxychlor in the Athabasca River to control black fly (Diptera: Simuliidae) larvae was monitored in 1980 by Alberta Environment. Effective control of black fly was observed for a distance of 60 km. The effect of the methoxychlor on non-target invertebrate organisms was...