Adam Martinson

Why Did the Pipeline Cross the Wetland?

Wetlands are critical ecosystems. They provide valuable freshwater to our planet and habitats for migratory and breeding waterfowl, amphibians, and many diverse plant species. Wetlands also play an important role in mitigating floods and droughts. Each year, on February 2nd, the importance of these critical land areas are highlighted on World Wetlands Day to raise awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet. Many of AJM’s clients have developments in and around critical wetland areas and AJM has a team of Wetland Specialists to help guide our clients through conserving, restoring and protecting Alberta’s wetlands. In honour of World Wetlands Day, take a read through our latest Field Notes blog post to learn what to do if your pipeline development encounters a wetland. No pipeline? No problem! Read on for more useful information and resources.

A Benthic Bug’s Life

All life depends on water. Monitoring the health of water bodies, such as streams and lakes, is extremely important to ensure we manage this vital resource effectively. We can assess aquatic communities with a suite of biological, chemical, and physical measurements to form a picture of overall aquatic health. To test for chemicals, water samples can be used to provide a snapshot of nutrients, trace metals and alkalinity in the water at a specific point in time (when the sample was taken), while monitoring of physical measurements, like benthic macroinvertebrates, provides an assessment of chronic effects over time. Collecting both chemical and physical data provides a comprehensive approach for evaluating aquatic health and are complements to Benthic Biomonitoring.

Drip, Drip… Who’s There?

Invisible genetic codes in streams and lakes reveal what species are present!

Finding certain species in aquatic environments can be challenging. Accurately and precisely mapping where they are can be time consuming and costly. Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a rapidly growing technology that’s use is skyrocketing to monitor fish and amphibians in complex environments. Learn more about this ‘go to’ approach and why industry, government and environmental professionals are using it to address various challenges.

Your Eye in the Sky

Technology has changed the face of resource management and one tool in particular has gained popularity as a resource for visualizing diverse landscapes. Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are an incredible tool to capture both large and fine scale aerial imagery of anything from tracts of wilderness to large infrastructure projects. Learn more about this technology and how it can be used as a cost-effective tool to help navigate environmental regulations.

Navigating the Revised Fisheries Act (2019)

The Government of Canada’s Bill C-68, an Act to amend the Fisheries Act received Royal Assent in July 2019. On August 28, 2019, the Fish and Fish Habitat Protection Program and its associated provisions came into force. The Fisheries Act is one of Canada’s oldest and most important environmental laws and was first enacted in 1868, one year after the Nation’s confederation!

Navigating the changes to the Act can be challenging, AJM has created a summary to provide you a brief look at how the changes may impact your projects.

Wetland On Your Lease Site?

Wetlands play an important role in the watershed, acting as sponges by storing and slowly releasing water and reducing the damaging effects of flooding and drought. They act as kidneys by filtering runoff and reducing the sediment load to lakes and rivers. Wetlands also recharge groundwater and provide diverse habitat for plants and animals (GoA 2014).

It is not uncommon for new developments to encounter wetlands. Understanding the regulations and timelines associated with these situations is critical to ensuring projects can move forward with a little disruption as possible.

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