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.

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.

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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