Environmental Conservation Reclamation Major – Diploma – Vermilion Campus

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Our Environmental Conservation and Reclamation (ECR) students are always up to something. See how they get hands on out in the environment in the drop downs below.

SC 448 - Groundwater Monitoring Techniques View More ∇
Want to know more about the lab and what the students were up to? .... well here's how it works ... Before you collect a groundwater sample you are required to purge the well to remove any stagnant water in the well casing and to ensure that at least 95 percent of the water sample originates from the aquifer formation being sampled. As a rule of thumb, a minimum of three to five well volumes of water are purged.

Purging continues until temperature, electric conductivity, and pH level readings stabilize. The readings should be taken and logged every few minutes and recorded in a field log book together with the pumping method and the volume of water removed from the well.

Procedures designed to maximize well yield are included in the term “well development”.

Development has two broad objectives:

1. Repair damage done to the formation by the drilling operation so that natural hydraulic properties are restored, and;

2. Alter the basic physical characteristics of the aquifer near the borehole so that water will flow more freely to the well.
Canadian Land Reclamation Association Field Trip View More ∇
SC301 - Estimating Stream Discharge View More ∇
  • Students estimated the discharge of the Battle River near Wainwright using the sectioning method.
  • They measured the total wetted width of the river, divided it into equal width sections and then measured the velocity and the depth at the center of each section. They then calculated the cross-sectional area of each individual section using the width and depth measurements they collected.
  • Next they multiplied the cross-sectional area by the velocity reading measured for that section to determine the discharge.
  • They then added the discharges calculated for each section up to determine the total discharge for this particular section of the Battle River.
Canadian Land Reclamation Tour - Grande Prairie 2013 View More ∇
Our Second year Environmental Conservation and Reclamation students (ECR2) attended the Canada Land Reclamation Association (CLRA) annual Fall Tour in Grande Prairie, AB during Sept. 24-26, 2013.

The tour is designed to enable reclamation professionals to come together to view and share each others areas and practices and network and share ideas. The ECR2 class was privileged to be allowed to join and mingle with the experts in the field.

This year we went to the Evergreen Centre for Resource Excellence & Innovation in Grande Prairie, and saw a number of different demonstrations focused on reclaiming disturbances in the boreal forest, including:
  • Viewworx photo and geo-referencing equipment
  • innovative pipeline strategies,
  • impact of mounding on black spruce seedling survival in muskeg sites
  • Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil construction for stream crossings

We spent the second day with ECR alumnus Brad Wilson (class of 2008) on Trans Canada Pipeline sites, looking at different pipeline reclamation requirements in different end land uses.

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Students in environmental conservation and reclamation and conservation and restoration ecology presented their research in poster format to the college at large. Take a look at them and their posters below.

BI210 - Forestry Measurement Techniques View More ∇
Second year students in Environmental Conservation & Reclamation (ECR) take BI210 Forest Ecology.

One of the labs is forest measurement techniques where they learn how to:
  • use a clinometer and digital range finder to find tree height
  • use a DBH tape to measure the diameter of the tree
  • use an increment borer to take a tree coring so they could age the tree
  • use a prism to estimate tree volume per hectare
  • complete an AVI code for the forest

These photos are from a field trip to Whitney Lakes Provincial Park March 12 -13, 2013

SC301 - Estimating Bankful Discharge View More ∇
SC301 Watersheds and Water Resources is a course taken by all Second year environmental science major students. One of the on the water labs is estimating bankful discharge.

These are the lab goals:
  • using surveying equipment
  • identifying the bankful stage
  • estimating the Manning n coefficient
  • collecting relevant field date used to calculate discharge using the Manning equation

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