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Workshop of the Western Enviro-Agricultural Laboratory Association

Edmonton, Canada

The 16th Annual Workshop of the Western Enviro-Agricultural Laboratory Association (WEALA) was held at the Alberta Research Council (ARC), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on April 14, 2005. The theme of the workshop was “Current water quality issues”. Salim Abboud welcomed the delegates to the ARC. Curtis Olive, President, welcomed the participants on behalf of WEALA and chaired the Workshop sessions. At the previous 15 workshops, the attendees have been from Western Canada and the United States of America. At the 16th Annual Workshop, we were pleased to have Basilio Brizuela-Amador Perez, a visiting scientist from the Colegio de Postgraduados, Instituto de Recursos Naturales/Edafologia, Montecillos, Mexico.


The Workshop included following presentations: (1) Heavy oil extraction and groundwater quality (Jon Fennell, Komex International), (2) Toxic chemical identification in plant cooling water (Deib Birkholz, EnviroTest Labs), (3) Coal-bed methane development and groundwater quality (Nga de la Cruz, Alberta Environment), (4) Aspects of water quality and conservation related to tar sands extraction (Mike MacKinnon, Syncrude Canada), (5) Alternative water sources in drilling fluid formulation (Jason Desilets, EnCana Corp.), and ((6) Intensive livestock operations and surface water quality (Brent Paterson, Alberta Agriculture). There was a stimulating panel discussion following each presentation and during the panel discussion at the end of all presentations. The program committee is to be complimented for an excellent program.

The Association held its Annual Business Meeting following the Workshop. The results of a recently-conducted collaborative study were discussed. Curtis Olive (President), Doug Keyes (Vice President), and Joel Crumbaugh (Secretary/Treasurer) completed their terms on the 2004-2005 Executive. Curtis Olive and Joel Crumbaugh were re-elected. The Executive for 2005-2006 consists of Curtis Olive (President), Trevor Sorensen (Vice President), and Joel Crumbaugh (Secretary/Treasure).

Yash P. Kalra, Past President WEALA
Canadian Forest Service
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Email: ykalra@nrcan.gc.ca