GNWT takes over water monitoring at three Alberta sites managed by feds

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The Government of the Northwest Territories will be temporarily conducting water monitoring at three sites in Alberta near the NWT border.

These sites are supposed to be monitored by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) says Joslyn Oosenbrug, spokesperson for the department of Environment and Resources (ENR).

The GNWT will take over monitoring at the Slave River in Fort Fitzgerald, the Alberta portion of the Hay River near the NWT Border and the Peace River at Peace Point.

Monitoring throughout Alberta was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oosenbrug says provincial water sampling resumed in June and July, but federal monitoring remains on hold for six sites — three of which the GNWT will temporarily monitor.

Gabrielle Lamontagne, spokesperson for the ECCC, says in an email “some field and laboratory work related to non-critical services were temporarily suspended, including routine freshwater quality monitoring.”

She adds details are being finalized between the ECCC and ENR on a plan resume partial monitoring and laboratory activities in August.

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