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BRBC Science Webinar Series -April 27th-Session 3

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BRBC Science Webinar - Session 3

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Due to current restrictions with in-person events, the BRBC has decided to forego the typical annual Science Forum format in 2021 and instead offer a series of monthly webinar sessions to keep our community informed of the latest research ongoing within the Bow Basin. Please join us on the 4th Tuesday of each month from February to May, 9:30-11:30am for the BRBC Science Webinar Series!

Tuesday, April 27 (9:30-11:30am):

Exploring Methods of Environmental Assessment

⮚ Development of a receiving water adaptive monitoring and management framework for studying emerging contaminants in wastewater

Presented by: Neal Tanna, University of Calgary

⮚ City of Calgary continuous in situ monitoring of rivers and creeks (2007 – present)

Presented by: Brian Maude and Jessica Gillis, City of Calgary

⮚ The benthic perspective; what’s happening beneath the surface at Bighill Creek

Presented by: Tobin Benedict, Bighill Creek Preservation Society

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Development of a receiving water adaptive monitoring and management framework for studying emerging contaminants in wastewater

In order to support strategic plans developed by the City of Calgary, research is being undertaken at the semi-controlled setting at the Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA) facility at the Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in parallel to the Bow River Watershed. The data generated is intended to guide subsequent monitoring and development of a predictive model that will enable the City to operate and manage water/wastewater infrastructure in a cost-optimized manner. Data analysis is focused on extracting practical and actionable insights but equally as an engagement tool for local Indigenous communities and stakeholders.

City of Calgary continuous in situ monitoring of rivers and creeks (2007 – present)

The City of Calgary’s Water Quality Monitoring (WQM) Group has developed knowledge and experience using multi-parameter sondes for in situ continuous monitoring of rivers and creeks in the Bow Basin in and around Calgary.

Each monitoring location is unique and presents its own challenges in how the instrument is deployed to minimize public disturbance and equipment damage while maintaining data quality and staff safety. The data produced from each location is unique to itself and builds the overall understanding of the water quality and natural cycles at each body of water that is monitored.

This presentation will showcase the field aspects of the in situ continuous monitoring program, including deploying instrumentation, troubleshooting monitoring challenges, with an overview of some of the data produced and how it is used.

The benthic perspective; what’s happening beneath the surface at Bighill Creek

The Bighill Creek Preservation Society performed their first aquatic invertebrate study in 2019. Aquatic benthic invertebrates are proven to be a key biomonitoring organism due to their tolerance to pollutants. The Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) protocols were utilized in the study design, permitting the comparison of findings across varying watersheds in Canada and Alberta. Findings support indications of a healthy water system.

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