Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Quantifying the water budget for Coles Lake, Northeastern BC

March 05, 2014

Sina Abadzadesahraei, PhD Candidate at UNBC

Human activities have resulted in the global average surface air temperature rising 0.7°C during the 20th century, an amount that has profound consequences for humans and the environment. This warming has a considerable impact on water resources in BC, a major resource for oil and gas industries. Oil and gas projects are a major contributor to Fort Nelson’s economy, putting water supply at risk due to global warming as well as oil and gas industry activities. The Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations and the University of Northern British Columbia have initiated a study to provide a comprehensive water budget for Coles Lake to prevent detrimental impacts to the natural environment.