Upper Athabasca River Watershed Biomonitoring Project
The Athabasca Watershed Council launched its three-year river biomonitoring project May 2020. This project will monitor benthic macroinvertebrate communities in the Upper Athabasca River Watershed. The Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) sampling protocols will be used, along with the Sequencing the Rivers for Environmental Assessment and Monitoring (STREAM) eDNA metabarcoding analysis, and taxonomic analysis.
Photo: Athabasca Watershed Coordinator Sarah MacDonald
Alberta’s eastern slopes are the headwaters for the Athabasca, Peace, North and South Saskatchewan Watersheds where an increase in pressures from human uses, including forestry, mineral and energy extraction, rural communities, cattle grazing, motorized recreation, hunting, fishing, horse back riding, hiking and camping, may impact water quality and aquatic ecosystems. The AWC and it’s partners recognize an opportunity for local organizations and volunteers to work together to develop a community-based water monitoring program to compliment ongoing government monitoring. Our partners include WPAC’s, stewardship groups, First Nation land managers, research groups, non-government organizations, and volunteers, with support from ECCC and Living Lakes Canada.
Check out their projects here:
- Living Lakes Canada – Eastern Slopes Aquatic Monitoring Collaborative
- Ghost Watershed Alliance – Beneath the Surface: Water Monitoring in the Ghost Watershed
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (780) 213-4550 for additional information.