Oil sands monitoring documents and reports
Implementation plan annual reports
- The implementation plan: annual report: 2014 to 2015
- The implementation plan: annual report 2013 to 2014
- The implementation plan: annual report 2012 to 2013
- Joint Canada-Alberta implementation plan for oil sands monitoring - the Implementation Plan describes the phased implementation of monitoring activities over the next three years (2012 to 2015).
Annual work plans
Integrated oil sands environment monitoring plan
Component 2 is a bibliographic compilation of water-related monitoring programs and activities in the Athabasca oil sands area prior to the implementation of the Integrated Monitoring Plan for the Oil Sands. It comprises an information table of parameters sampled by the most relevant ongoing and historical programs and activities, annotated abstracts and descriptions of relevant programs and studies, notes on particularly relevant organizations, and maps of monitoring locations and other information, up to July 2011.
This report is a bibliographic compilation of water-related monitoring programs and activities in the Expanded Geographic Extent prior to the implementation of the Integrated Monitoring Plan for the Oil Sands, up to July 2011.
An integrated oil sands environment monitoring plan (PDF; 2.1 MB*) (2011)
This integrated oil sands monitoring program framework and proposed sampling design outlines the key principles that were identified by the Federal Oil Sands Advisory Panel for the design and implementation of a “world-class” monitoring program.
Lower Athabasca water quality monitoring plan phase 1 (PDF; 5.8 MB*) (2011)
This Phase 1 plan deals with surface water quality monitoring in the mainstem of the Athabasca River, and its major tributaries, between Fort McMurray and the Wood Buffalo National Park boundary. It focuses on the physical and chemical attributes of water quality.
This document provides details for the additional aquatic monitoring components that have been added and integrated with the Phase 1 Water Quality Plan, and provides an expanded geographic coverage of relevant watersheds, as well as on the related media-specific (air, water, land, biota) aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem components.
Terrestrial biodiversity component (PDF; 2.5MB*) (2011)
This document addresses the terrestrial biodiversity monitoring component of the Phase 2 Monitoring Plan. It is divided into two important elements: (1) monitoring the impacts of oil sands-related contaminants on selected wildlife indicators, including birds, mammals, amphibians and plants, with a view to identifying broader implications for biodiversity in the region; and (2) monitoring the impact of habitat disturbance and mitigation on terrestrial biodiversity.
Air quality component (PDF; 1.5 MB*) (2011)
The air quality component of the integrated air, water, habitat and biodiversity monitoring plan is focused on the monitoring needs required to understand air pollutant emissions, their chemical transformation in the atmosphere, long-range transport and subsequent deposition to the local and regional environment.
Federal advisory panel report
Within 60 days of establishing the advisory panel on oil sands by the federal Department of the Environment, members have presented their conclusions and recommendations which, if implemented, will effectively address any question of science.
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