The community of Fort Resolution, NWT, is deeply concerned about the ecological effects of reduced seasonal flooding on the wetlands of the Slave River Delta (SRD). Across the broad expanse of the SRD, some wetlands are refilled with river water, while others are increasingly resupplied from snowmelt and rain. In collaboration with the Deninu Kue First Nation, Fort Resolution Métis Council and Government of the NWT, we are studying the influence of water source on nutrient and mercury levels in delta wetland lakes and ponds. Knowledge gained will provide a basis for predicting future trends within the SRD and help inform resource management decisions. Pictured are Charlotte Adams and Lorne Doig collecting aquatic invertebrates for mercury analysis.
Funders: Government of the NWT