Assessment of 7 Canadian Rivers in relation to Stages in Oil Sands Industrial Development, 1972 to 2010

We compiled a 38 year dataset (1972 to 2010) to evaluate changes in water chemistry over time in relation to oil sands mining activities. We examined patterns in three focal elements (dissolved selenium, dissolved arsenic, total vanadium) at 96 sites along seven tributaries of the Athabasca and Clearwater Rivers. Concentrations of the three focal elements did not differ between sites sampled upstream versus downstream of future development, between sites upstream versus downstream of the primary bitumen-bearing geologic formation, or at an upstream site over a 33 year period on the Muskeg River (1976–2009).

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Short Name of Publication
Deliverable Type Science Article
Program Catagory Aquatics
Program Type OSM
Author Alexander, AC and PA Chambers
Periodical Title Environmental Reviews
Year of Publication 2016
Publishing Organization
Month of Publication
Periodical Volumes 24(4)
Page Range 484-494
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1139/er-2016-0033
Online ISBN/ISSN 1208-6053
Print ISBN/ISSN 11181-8700
Recomended Citation Alexander, A. C., & Chambers, P. A. (2016). Assessment of seven Canadian rivers in relation to stages in oil sands industrial development, 1972–2010. Environmental Reviews, 24(4), 484–494. doi:10.1139/er-2016-0033