Water Conservation & Management – Diploma – Vermilion campus

Welcome to the EMP* galleries

Students at Lakeland College take the lead. We believe there is no substitute for experience. Lakeland College emphasize field trips and activities that get the students hands on.

There's always new things happening at Lakeland, so come back and check out the new activities or check out the Lakeland College Enviro Sciences Facebook page.

*EMP is the former name of the Water Conservation & Management program. The name change was July 1, 2016.

In the Spotlight

Lakeland College EMP student student Karlene Oesch is featured in this Phase II site assessment field lab with Top Gear Contracting (Environmental and Geotechnical drilling specialists)

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Phase II Site Assessment field lab View More ∇
Cypress Hills field lab View More ∇
Lakeland College EMP students take a annual field trip to Cypress Hills every fall. Take a look at the activities from camping to monitoring surveys.

SC316 - Waste Management View More ∇
Lakeland College EMP student recently toured the Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence (formerly Cloverbar Landfill) in Edmonton.

This facility uses an innovative approach to waste management to reduce the amount buried in Landfill. Most of the waste finds a new purpose!

For example. organic material is sorted out of the waste stream and becomes compost, blue bin material is sorted at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and is sold to market to be recycled into new products, and construction/demolition materials are repurposed as mulch or roadway material.

Any leftover material that cannot be used in any other process will soon be turned into biofuel when the plant opens! Throughout the tour, EMP students learn how important the 4 Rs are, and how it really does make a difference!
SC316 - Landfill Management View More ∇
EMP students get a site tour of the Ryley Hazardous Waste Landfill and Transfer Station.

Did you know that the environmental industry is based on the fact that our society produces waste?

Learning how to manage waste, especially hazardous waste, is essential to an environmental practitioner! Hazardous waste must be transported, handled, and disposed of in a particular way to protect human and environmental health.

Throughout the Ryley tour, EMP students learned the proper cradle to grave management of hazardous waste.
SC316 - Waste Water Treatment View More ∇
EMP students get a site tour of the Gold Bar WWTP in Edmonton.

Wastewater is just one of those things that people rarely think about—because every time you flush the toilet or pour something down the sink, it becomes out of sight and out of mind!

Pipes underneath the city transport all of that wastewater to a centralized facility where the water can be cleaned of contaminants. EMP students learn the process of wastewater treatment from primary treatment (solids removal) all the way through to tertiary treatment (the polishing step), and then get to see it in action at the Gold Bar WWTP.

The sludge generated from the wastewater treatment process is actually used to produce methane gas, which is then burned to produce electricity! So every time you flush the toilet, you’re contributing to a renewable form of energy.
SC301 - Estimating bankful discharge View More ∇
SC301 Watersheds and Water Resources is a course taken by all Second year environmental science major students. One of the on the water labs is estimating bankful discharge.

These are the lab goals:
  • using surveying equipment
  • identifying the bankful stage
  • estimating the Manning n coefficient
  • collecting relevant field date used to calculate discharge using the Manning equation



SC448 - Groundwater Monitoring Techniques View More ∇
Want to know more about the lab and what the students were up to? .... well here's how it works ... Before you collect a groundwater sample you are required to purge the well to remove any stagnant water in the well casing and to ensure that at least 95 percent of the water sample originates from the aquifer formation being sampled. As a rule of thumb, a minimum of three to five well volumes of water are purged.

Purging continues until temperature, electric conductivity, and pH level readings stabilize. The readings should be taken and logged every few minutes and recorded in a field log book together with the pumping method and the volume of water removed from the well.

Procedures designed to maximize well yield are included in the term “well development”.

Development has two broad objectives:

1. Repair damage done to the formation by the drilling operation so that natural hydraulic properties are restored, and;

2. Alter the basic physical characteristics of the aquifer near the borehole so that water will flow more freely to the well.
SC301 - Estimating Stream Discharge View More ∇
  • Students estimated the discharge of the Battle River near Wainwright using the sectioning method.
  • They measured the total wetted width of the river, divided it into equal width sections and then measured the velocity and the depth at the center of each section. They then calculated the cross-sectional area of each individual section using the width and depth measurements they collected.
  • Next they multiplied the cross-sectional area by the velocity reading measured for that section to determine the discharge.
  • They then added the discharges calculated for each section up to determine the total discharge for this particular section of the Battle River.
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A quick tour of some the student highlights on the EMP program.
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