Wetland monitoring in Canada's oil sands region
Wetlands are abundant in Canada’s oil sands region and support biodiversity, flora and fauna habitat, clean water, and recreation activities. With rapid industrial development, various agencies have expressed an interest in developing and implementing a wetland monitoring program in the oil sands region. The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) along with other stakeholders are pursuing the development of a regional wetland monitoring program. Their objectives are to determine how to measure cumulative effects of natural and anthropogenic drivers (e.g. water loss through drainage) as well as to detect changes that result from anthropogenic activities. To effectively implement a wetland management program it is important to understand the status of an area's wetland resources, this can be achieved through wetland monitoring. Drivers, stressors, and indicators of wetland change in Alberta’s oil sands region compiles variables (e.g. road density) and indicators (e.g. surface water runoff) for a potential wetland monitoring program designed to detect cumulative impacts and provide recommendations for moving forward. View the full report here.