Paul Hvenegaard, Regional Programs Manager with the Alberta Conservation Association in the Northwest Boreal Region of Alberta
Dr. Garry Scrimgeour, Aquatic Biologist and Research Scientist, Alberta Research Council
Dr. Phil Lee, Research Associate, University of Alberta, and formerly with the Alberta Research Council
Dr. Michael Payne, Head of Research and Publications, Historic Sites and Cultural Facilities, Alberta Community Development
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ITEM:1TITLE: Paul Hvenegaard, Regional Programs Manager, Alberta Conservation Association, Northwest Boreal Region, Dr. Garry Scrimgeour, Aquatic Biologist and Research Scientist, Alberta Research Council & Dr. Phil Lee, Research Associate, University of Alberta
SUBJECT: #32 Kakwa and the Northern Watersheds Project
SYNOPSIS: These three scientists lead the Northern Watershed Project, a multi-stakeholder initiative involving the Alberta Research Council, the Alberta Conservation Association, Alberta Environment, TransCanada Pipeline, Manning Diversified Forest Products, Diashowa-Marubeni International, and Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries. The four year study covers three watersheds in Northwestern Alberta: Kakwa, Simonette, and Notikewin. Dr. Phil Lee is looking at different management regimes in forested riparian areas based on how they relate to existing regulations and guidelines for buffer strips. Dr. Garry Scrimgeour is looking at the cumulative effects of watershed on fish communities. And aquatic biologist Paul Hvenegaard is researching fish habitat and how fish are distributed throughout the watershed study areas. The study areas have a range of ecological footprints, from relatively pristine to heavy industrial incursion from oil, gas and forestry.
ITEM:2TITLE: Dr. Michael Payne, Head of Research and Publications, Historic Sites and Cultural Facilities, Alberta Community Development
SUBJECT: #32 Project Oil Sands, Alberta's Experience with the Atomic Bomb
SYNOPSIS: The 1950's were a time when people had faith in technology and were optimistic about efforts to find peaceful uses for nuclear power. Children read books called "The Friendly Atom". That was before the Cuban Missile Crisis. In Part Two of the Project Oilsands story, historian Michael Payne looks further into the scheme that proposed to detonate a 9 kilotonne atomic bomb under the oilsands at a spot 60 km south of Fort McMurray. The idea was to create an underground cavern where oil separated from the oilsands due to the blast could be pumped out by conventional means.