Environmental risks for the NSR

 

What are the short term and long terms enviornmental risks we face as a region?  This page includes documents that identify risks and threats related to current and future use of the region.  Mitigation measures that may be placed in the regional planning context are also presented. 

 

Often risks relate to the cumulative environmental effects of a region but may also involve the identification of acute risks that may irreparably alter or harm our environment.  Risk identification is an ongoing process and requires ongoing monitoring and assesment.

 

Risk Identification

 

Water (Quality and Quantity)

 

Source Water Protection Plan (EPCOR, December 2014) (Specific risks identified - pages 61-69)

 

  • identifies various point and non-point source risks to water quality

 

The Way We Green (City of Edmonton)

 

  • Identifies various environmental challenges the city faces and sets out goals, objectives and strategic actions

 

The impact of climate change on the glaciers of the Canadian Rocky Mountain eastern slopes and implications for water resource-related adaptation in the Canadian Prairies (Phase I)(pdf)

 

  • identifies possible risks associated with climate change including reduced glacial contributions to base flows and variability in snow pack

 

Flood Hazard Mapping Tool (GOA)

 

EPCOR Water Services Inc. Perspectives on the NSR and Reflections on its Impact on the Resiliency of Edmonton

 

 

Climate Change (Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative -PARC)

 

The impact of climate change on the glaciers of the Canadian Rocky Mountain eastern slopes and implications for water resource-related adaptation in the Canadian Prairies (Phase I) (pdf)

 

Climate Change and an Ecosystem-Resource Adaptation Approach for Vulnerable Lakes in the Boreal Plain Ecozone (pdf)

 

Potential Impact of Climate Change on Prairie Groundwater Supplies: Review of Current Knowledge (pdf)

 

An Ecoregion Approach for Evaluating Land Use Management and Climate Change Adaptation Strategies on Sand Dune Areas in the Prairie Provinces (pdf)

 

Simulating Climate Impacts on, and Adaptive Management Options for, Boreal Forest Ecosystems in Western Canada
 

Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability to Climate: An Assessment of the Western Canadian Boreal Forest (pdf)

 

Climate Change and Fragmented Prairie Biodiversity: Prediction and Adaptation (pdf)

 

 

Biodiversity and climate change

 

Climate change vulnerability of Alberta Species database (Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Insititute)

 

Climate refugia for boreal birds in Alberta (Dec 2014) (D. Stralberg, R.B. Schneider, E.M. Bayne) (pdf)

 

Adaptation of Biodiversity Management to Climate Change (2014)(ABMI/BMCCA) (pdf)

 

Predicting New Invasive Plant Threats to Alberta (2014)(ABMI/BMCCA) (pdf)

 

Burrowing Owl Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Alberta (ABMI/BMCCA) (pdf)

 

 

Agricultural Risk Maps (based on 2001 data)

 

Agricultural Land Resource Atlas of Alberta - Surface Water Quality Risk for the Agricultural Area of Alberta

 

Agricultural Land Resource Atlas of Alberta - Groundwater Quality Risk for the Agricultural Area of Alberta

 

Agricultural Land Resource Atlas of Alberta - Soil Erosion Risk for the Agricultural Area of Alberta

 

Agricultural Land Resource Atlas of Alberta - Air Quality Risk for the Agricultural Area of Alberta

 

Agricultural Land Resource Atlas of Alberta - Biodiversity Risk for the Agricultural Area of Alberta

 

Downstream Risk (Saskatchewan)

 

North Saskatchewan River Watershed Environmental Risk Scan and Assessment (2013)