Benthic Invertebrates, Oil Sands Region Benthic invertebrates monitoring includes both lotic (rivers/streams) and lentic (wetlands) ecosystems. Aquatic biomonitoring provides a direct measure of change in biotic populations and communities in relation to benchmark or reference conditions and can help identify the ecological effects of cumulative stressors. Used together with the water chemical and physical monitoring components, this program uses an integrated approach to assess whether ecological affects are occurring in response to OS developments. Sampling can include the collection of invertebrates, algal biomass, water chemistry, and appropriate supporting habitat information and is conducted during periods of high abundance and diversity of macroinvertebrates. Sampling focuses on near-shore gravel and sand habitats on the Athabasca River, erosional habitats on major tributaries and in wadable areas in deltaic wetlands within the Expanded Geographical Area. As of October 2012, over 80 locations have been visited. 2014-03-07 2019-11-05 Environment and Climate Change Canada joseph.culp@canada.ca Nature and EnvironmentScience and TechnologyWater - QualityObservation/MeasurementAssess Toxicity; Manage and Monitor for Environmental Presence of Hazardous Substances and WasteMonitor / Assess Substance and Waste Levels in Air; Water; Soil; BiotaPrairie - Alberta (AB)Oil sandsAquatic ecosystems Notes for Benthic Invertebrate Data (English)PDF http://donnees.ec.gc.ca/data/substances/monitor/benthic-invertebrates-oil-sands-region/BenthicInvertebrateDataNotes-En.pdf Notes for Benthic Invertebrate Data (French)PDF http://donnees.ec.gc.ca/data/substances/monitor/benthic-invertebrates-oil-sands-region/BenthicInvertebratesDataNotes-Fr.pdf View ECCC Data Mart (English)HTML http://data.ec.gc.ca/data/substances/monitor/benthic-invertebrates-oil-sands-region View ECCC Data Mart (French)HTML http://data.ec.gc.ca/data/substances/monitor/benthic-invertebrates-oil-sands-region?lang=fr Benthic InvertebratesESRI REST https://maps-cartes.ec.gc.ca/arcgis/rest/services/OSM/MapServer/17 Benthic InvertebratesESRI REST https://maps-cartes.ec.gc.ca/arcgis/rest/services/OSM/MapServer/39 WMSWMS https://maps-cartes.ec.gc.ca/arcgis/services/OSM/MapServer/WMSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WMS&layers=28&legend_format=image/png&feature_info_type=text/html WMSWMS https://maps-cartes.ec.gc.ca/arcgis/services/OSM/MapServer/WMSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WMS&layers=6&legend_format=image/png&feature_info_type=text/html

Benthic Invertebrates, Oil Sands Region

Benthic invertebrates monitoring includes both lotic (rivers/streams) and lentic (wetlands) ecosystems. Aquatic biomonitoring provides a direct measure of change in biotic populations and communities in relation to benchmark or reference conditions and can help identify the ecological effects of cumulative stressors. Used together with the water chemical and physical monitoring components, this program uses an integrated approach to assess whether ecological affects are occurring in response to OS developments.

Sampling can include the collection of invertebrates, algal biomass, water chemistry, and appropriate supporting habitat information and is conducted during periods of high abundance and diversity of macroinvertebrates. Sampling focuses on near-shore gravel and sand habitats on the Athabasca River, erosional habitats on major tributaries and in wadable areas in deltaic wetlands within the Expanded Geographical Area. As of October 2012, over 80 locations have been visited.

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Resources

Resource Name Resource Type Format Language Links
Notes for Benthic Invertebrate Data (English) Guide PDF English Access
Notes for Benthic Invertebrate Data (French) Guide PDF French Access
View ECCC Data Mart (English) Web Service HTML English Access
View ECCC Data Mart (French) Web Service HTML French Access
Benthic Invertebrates Web Service ESRI REST English Access
Benthic Invertebrates Web Service ESRI REST French Access
WMS Web Service WMS English Access
WMS Web Service WMS French Access

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