Date: January 26th at 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Topic: Developing a treatment method to protect Alberta’s irrigation pipelines from invasive dreissenid mussels.
Presenter: Brad Calder of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Introduction: Alberta is home to a world-class irrigation industry. Within 13 irrigation districts, approximately 8000 km of canals and pipelines, distribute water to irrigated agricultural land, wetlands, and several communities. Irrigation is supplied by approximately 50 storage reservoirs, several of which are also used for recreational boating and angling, putting them at risk of an introduction of invasive mussels from trailered watercraft. This would be highly challenging for irrigation due to reduced water conveyance and increased maintenance costs as pipelines would become clogged, or fouled.
The Government of Alberta recognizes that treatment of water in irrigation pipelines must be carefully considered. There are however, several challenges associated with pipeline treatment including limited control options, the unique nature of Alberta’s irrigation conveyance systems, and meeting the needs of water users. In partnership with Alberta’s irrigation districts, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is focusing research efforts on treating irrigation pipelines.
Event Location: Lethbridge Lodge at 320 Scenic Dr S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4B4
Event Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm.
Cost: $20 for members, $25 for non-members
Please register online at the Alberta Institute of Agrologists website.