Project Background

The Alberta Geological Survey (AGS) first documented their studies of the geology and hydrogeology of the Cold Lake Beaver River Basin (CLBRB) in 2005 with EUB/AGS special reports 74 and 75.  Continued economic development in the CLBRB has generated a broad public interest in the availability and stewardship of geological and hydrogeological resources.  The AGS, in cooperation with Alberta Environment and Parks, is currently preparing the Cold Lake Beaver River Groundwater Atlas to provide information on the groundwater resources of the CLBRB to the public.

Project Description

The atlas is designed to provide information on the groundwater resources of the CLBRB to a general audience.  It also provides information on the geological units that contain and transmit water within the CLBRB.  The atlas also discusses the quality of groundwater present and the ways in which water moves through these geological units.  Maps and diagrams are used extensively throughout the atlas to illustrate the location and nature of water-bearing geological units, the quality of groundwater present, and the generalized directions of groundwater flow within the CLBRB.

This groundwater atlas is a product of the Provincial Groundwater Inventory Program in partnership with Alberta Environment and Parks and supports the goals of Alberta’s Water for Life strategy.

Atlas Description
The CLBRB atlas has the following sections

  • introduction
  • bedrock geology
  • geology above the bedrock
  • hydrology
  • hydrogeology
  • water quality

The atlas will be released in early 2016. Below is an example map from the atlas that depicts regional groundwater flow in the Grand Centre Formation.