In 2008, an ambitious program was launched to map and inventory groundwater resources in Alberta. The Provincial Groundwater Inventory Program is a joint partnership between Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) and the Alberta Geological Survey. The Edmonton-Calgary Corridor was selected as the initial pilot project because of significant growth and development in this area.

Data for the Edmonton-Calgary Corridor project has been collected in various ways. Airborne geophysical surveys were conducted to map various rock types. Thousands of existing water well and oil and gas drilling records were used in conjunction with the airborne data, and supported by the drilling of boreholes, groundwater sampling and other field-based activities.

The information was used to construct a geological model which will be used to build a regional groundwater flow model by adding various water inputs and outputs. This will enable better understanding of the occurrence and movement of groundwater in the subsurface. Enhanced understanding of the groundwater supply allows for better management of this valuable "hidden" resource.

Products that have been released for the Edmonton-Calgary Corridor project are listed below. A significant milestone has been reached with release of the Edmonton-Calgary Corridor Groundwater Atlas. The educational atlas summarizes the findings of this mapping and inventory project over the past three years and has been prepared for a non-technical audience. More technical reports will be released later this year providing more detailed scientific information for the various components of the project.

Provincial Reports and Maps

Edmonton-Calgary Corridor Project

Regional Groundwater Vulnerability Maps

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada initiated groundwater vulnerability mapping for the agricultural areas of the province over ten years ago. This work has recently been modified by AEP and is presented for the three southern regional planning areas defined under the Land-use Framework.

Metadata for these maps will soon be available on the GeoDiscover Alberta website.