Resources and Information

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) produces a variety of reports and information products describing water quality conditions in the province.

The following is a list of surface water quality reports by keyword. Keywords may include the name of the water body or the subject of the report. For example, if you are looking for a report on dissolved oxygen conditions in the Highwood River, you will find the report listed twice, under the keywords "Dissolved Oxygen" and "Highwood River".

Many reports are available electronically through links in the Water Quality Report Listing document, found above, or may be downloaded from:

Printed copies can be obtained through the Information Centre or by e-mailing us at:

Some of the reports listed are available for loan through the Alberta Government Library:

Brochures and Fact Sheets

Older brochures are available in hard copy and can be found through:

Recently Released Reports

Maps and Graphs



  • Current Monitoring of Alberta Lakes Map
  • Trophic State of Individual Alberta Lakes, based on latest data
  • Trophic Status of Alberta Lakes Based on Average Total Phosphorus Concentrations (May-Oct) Graph
  • Trophic Status of Alberta Lakes Based on Average Chlorophyll-a Concentrations (May-Oct) Graph
  • Steps to Clean-Up a Hypothetical Lake Diagram
  • Potential Sources of Phosphorus for a generic lake watershed Diagram

Additional Reference Material

There are excellent reference materials pertaining to water quality and the protection of watersheds, lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. For example, many documents have been published by private organizations, community groups and government departments or agencies in other provinces and states. Internet searching is very helpful to find the most recent versions of these resources.


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Updated: Sep 30, 2014