Environmental Science

Issue Brief: Oil Sands Monitoring

Updated: September 10, 2020
The budget for the joint provincial-federal Oil Sands Monitoring Program will be reduced by around 25% this year, citing less field work due to the COVID-19 outbreak. AEN members discussed the budget reduction on a call on August 26 and are seeking clarification from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program. Read more about Issue Brief: Oil Sands Monitoring

Government action holding oilsands operators to account on tailings management long overdue

Pembina Institute reacts to the Commission on Environmental Cooperation’s finding on oilsands tailings

CALGARY — Nina Lothian, director of responsible fossil fuels at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation's final report on Alberta tailings ponds, released Sept. 3, 2020, which found scientific evidence of contaminated water seeping into groundwater around oilsands tailings ponds. Read more about Government action holding oilsands operators to account on tailings management long overdue

All Hands On Deck: Citizen Science with Watch for Wildlife

Jul 16 2020 - 4:00pm

From the Sierra Club Canada Foundation website:

Join us as Watch For Wildlife's Allison Dean takes us through their new citizen science project on iNaturalist. You'll learn all about Watch for Wildlife's citizen science initiative and how to get involved and make a difference in wildlife collision data collection in your area.

All SCCF webinars are free to attend and will be uploaded to our website for later viewing. Read more about All Hands On Deck: Citizen Science with Watch for Wildlife

AWA Talk: Student Research Showcase

May 1 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Join us as we host our annual student showcase, exploring and celebrating their independent research projects. Read more about AWA Talk: Student Research Showcase

Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

Mammal Monitoring in Alberta

Feb 18 2020 - 7:00pm

From the Alberta Wilderness Association:

The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute has monitored over 40 species of mammals and their habitats across the province since 2007. In this talk, we’ll describe opportunities and challenges of monitoring biodiversity at a provincial scale, walk through the process the sampling for mammals, and describe how this information can be used by stakeholders and decision-makers. Read more about Mammal Monitoring in Alberta

Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

Call for Delegate: Wetlands Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee, Oil Sands Monitoring Program

Initiative: 
Wetlands Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee
Position: 
ENGO Member
Application Deadline: 
8 Nov 2019

In December 2017, the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that renewed each Government’s commitment to monitoring environmental impacts of oil sands development through the Oil Sands Monitoring Program (OSMP). The MOU established the mutual intentions of both governments to continue to collaborate and be accountable for the design and implementation of an integrated monitoring, evaluation and reporting system. It also confirmed the joint commitment to revise and establish, in cooperation with Indigenous Communities in the oil sands region, effective mechanisms for Indigenous participation in the design, implementation and governance of the monitoring system. This includes development of a comprehensive, ongoing agreement (the Operational Framework Agreement, finalized September 21, 2018) that defines the governance and implementation model to guide the decision-making structure and processes, roles and responsibilities, and the monitoring, research mandate, and objectives of the OSMP. Read more about Call for Delegate: Wetlands Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee, Oil Sands Monitoring Program

Call for Delegate: Aquatics & Surface Water Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee, Oil Sands Monitoring Program

Initiative: 
Aquatics & Surface Water Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee
Position: 
ENGO Member
Application Deadline: 
8 Nov 2019

In December 2017, the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that renewed each Government’s commitment to monitoring environmental impacts of oil sands development through the Oil Sands Monitoring Program (OSMP). The MOU established the mutual intentions of both governments to continue to collaborate and be accountable for the design and implementation of an integrated monitoring, evaluation and reporting system. It also confirmed the joint commitment to revise and establish, in cooperation with Indigenous Communities in the oil sands region, effective mechanisms for Indigenous participation in the design, implementation and governance of the monitoring system. This includes development of a comprehensive, ongoing agreement (the Operational Framework Agreement, finalized September 21, 2018) that defines the governance and implementation model to guide the decision-making structure and processes, roles and responsibilities, and the monitoring, research mandate, and objectives of the OSMP. Read more about Call for Delegate: Aquatics & Surface Water Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee, Oil Sands Monitoring Program

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