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  • Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions

    Groundwater and surface water are often managed separately. However, the physical and chemical interaction between these systems is often integral to the successful management of water resources. Waterline has extensive experience assessing and quantifying physical and chemical interactions between groundwater and surface water features using a variety of investigative methods. Expertise Groundwater-Surface Water Flow Directions: Elevation and pressure are the driving forces behind groundwater flow and determine where groundwater discharges to streams and where streams recharge aquifers. Waterline routinely evaluates these directions of flow in regional and local groundwater systems. Geochemistry: Potential groundwater discharge to streams or stream recharge to aquifers can often be confirmed from an assessment of groundwater and surface water chemistry. Waterline conducts sampling programs and uses aqueous geochemistry to evaluate groundwater recharge or discharge conditions and chemistry. Groundwater Tracers: Stable and radiogenic isotopes can be used as conservative tracers of groundwater and contaminants across groundwater-surface water boundaries. Waterline often conducts isotope sampling and analysis work at projects where general chemistry results are ambiguous and the implementation of a management step or plan requires further investigation. Effects of Pumping Wells on Streams: Productive aquifers are often located in groundwater discharge areas close to sensitive stream environments. Identifying the effects of groundwater withdrawal from the effects of seasonal variability and climatic factors on stream discharge rates is challenging and requires an integrated approach. Waterline integrates the investigative methods above with groundwater modeling to assess the physical and chemical impacts of pumping on streams. Environmental Effects of Impacted Water on Surface Water Bodies: Waterline uses cost-effective physical and geochemical approaches to determine the transport pathways and management strategies for potential and identified impacts near or within surface water bodies.

  • Waterline would like to recognize Aboriginal Awareness Week

    The Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary (AAWC), From June 15-21, 2020 “KEEPING THE CIRCLE STRONG through Mother Earth’s Future Generations”, reflects the pride of our First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities take in their rich heritage, traditions, and cultures and keepers of Mother Earth.

  • Water Sustainability Act (WSA) Licencing for Mines

    Water management is a critical component of the mine design for many open pit, underground, gravel pit, or quarry operations. Under the British Columbia Water Sustainability Act (WSA), a water use authorization (licence or use approval) is required for the diversion, storage, or use of water from a stream or aquifer for non-domestic purposes. Waterline has considerable experience in water supply assessment and preparing water use applications for mine operators. Groundwater management at mines includes open pit and underground workings dewatering, slope depressurization, water supply for camps and ore processing, and mine contact water collection and recycling. WSA Licensing Requirements The enactment of the WSA on February 29, 2016 significantly changed groundwater licencing requirements for mines and other industrial and commercial operations. The licencing process for new projects now requires a technical assessment to demonstrate that the proposed water use will not adversely affect existing users or the environment. Navigating the Regulatory Environment The regulations governing groundwater use in British Columbia are relatively new and complex, and many requirements overlap with the Mines Act and the Environmental Management Act. Waterline can help proponents navigate these complexities, having submitted over 100 groundwater use licence applications since the WSA was introduced. #watersustainabilityact

  • Groundwater Modelling

    Waterline offers conceptual and numerical modelling services for groundwater flow and contaminant transport studies. Our conceptual models are developed in Leapfrog, and we use various platforms to run numerical or analytical models depending on client and project requirements. We appreciate the value of clearly communicated results, and routinely import numeric model results back into Leapfrog to produce clear, easy-to-understand cross-sections, images, and movies. #groundwatermodelling

  • Waterline is a Member of the CLRA

    Waterline is proud to be a member of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association. The CLRA is the leading Canadian organization "providing leadership to advance the practice of reclamation and remediation of environmentally disturbed lands and waterways." https://www.clra.ca/vision-mission-values

  • Mining Services in British Columbia

    Waterline provides hydrogeological and environmental solutions to the mining industry. Waterline Staff have considerable experience working within the challenging federal and provincial regulatory frameworks and provide environmental solutions for proponents, regulators, and stakeholders. Our senior technical staff collectively have 200+ years of experience in mining.

  • Waterline Proud to Support PTAC

    Waterline is a member of the Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada. PTAC "is a Canadian hydrocarbon industry association that serves as a neutral non-profit facilitator of collaborative R&D and technology development, and operates in partnership with all industry stakeholders to transform challenges into opportunities." https://www.ptac.org/mission-vision/

  • World Water Day

    March 22, 2020 is World Water Day. This international and annual observance day highlights the importance of water and the environment. Let's all do our part. https://www.cawst.org/worldwaterday​https://www.un.org/en/observances/water-day

  • New Home for Waterline

    Waterline Calgary has moved to a new location. Thanks to the hard work of everyone within our family we flawlessly made the transition to our new office. You can now find us at Suite 210, 4129 - 8th Street S.E. Calgary, Ab. T2G 3A5

  • 10 Years at Waterline

    Congratulations to Steve Sturrock for celebrating 10 great years at Waterline. Steve's expertise and experience in aquifer evaluation, hydrogeological assessment, source water and disposal zone development, and mine dewatering, has helped Waterline achieve our client goals. He also brings to us a passion for Geology, his dog Rosie, great coffee and a work hard- play hard attitude. Thanks for being part of the Waterline family.

  • Waterline by the Numbers

    Did you know that Waterline has: - 50 Employees - 28 Hydrogeologists - 7 Engineers - 5 Developers - 4 Offices - 1 Peanut (office dog)

  • 2019 ESAA Community Involvement Award: The Details

    Waterline was recently awarded the 2019 ESAA community service award for our work with Queen Elizabeth High School and Waterline would like to share more information about the project with the broader community to promote similar initiatives. Waterline provided technical and logistical expertise to enhance the learning experience of Grade 9 math and science students at Queen Elizabeth High School in Calgary, Alberta. Together with teaching staff of Queen Elizabeth High School and an educational think-tank associated with the University of Calgary, the Galileo Educational network, volunteers from Waterline Resources Inc. supported an authentic and meaningful learning experience within the Grade 9 Environmental Chemistry Unit, which was used to test and teach best teaching practices to educators across the Calgary Board of Education and educational students at the University of Calgary. Using the Canada Creosote site and associated monitoring data as a case study, students were engaged in an authentic, true-to-life inquiry project that drew upon their skills and learning within the Environmental Chemistry unit, as well as the expertise and analytical services provided by the volunteers. The Canada Creosote site is located in the West Village of Calgary, almost directly across the Bow River from the residential community of West Hillhurst, one of the communities that Queen Elizabeth High School serves. The identified creosote impacts at the site has been monitored by Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) for a number of years and has recently received media attention as it was a proposed site for a replacement stadium (Calgary Next) for the Calgary Flames and Stampeders. Using publicly available information, data, and reports, a multi-staged inquiry-based project was designed to help contextualize a local environmental issue and allow students to perform authentic research and analysis to gain a deepened understanding of the local site within the field of environmental sciences. Waterline collaboratively planned the unit with teachers by: providing publicly available scientific reports and resources; providing teacher's with easy-to-understand summaries of technical information; focusing teachers on the most important information in scientific reports; and helping teachers understand the practical implementation of environmental investigations. In the first year of the program, Waterline designed a bench-scale experiment to mimic how hydrocarbons (molasses and vegetable oil) move through the subsurface in different soil types (clay, sand) to demonstrate the mobility of creosote in the subsurface. An additional activity was designed with teachers during the first year of the program where students wrote letters to affected stakeholders based on their understanding of the contextualized scientific data. This activity allowed students to synthesize scientific data and take the perspective of the letter writer (i.e., the environmental consultant). In the second year of the program, Waterline collaboratively designed an open-house project with teachers, where students will present stakeholder’s perspectives and then collectively attempt to resolve ownership and responsibility of the impacts and a go-forward plan. During both years of the program, Waterline supported the school with planning and implementing a field program to collect samples from the Bow River. Waterline would also like to recognize our collaborators on the project, including AGAT during both years, Intrinsik for completing a presentation about how to write a letter to stakeholders during the first year, and North Shore for providing volunteers during the field trip for the first year of the program. We look forward to continuing this project in the future and working with the students at Queen Elizabeth High School in 2020!

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