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Study: Wood Buffalo National Park Drying Up For Decades

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7

A study looking into the Wood Buffalo National Park is trying to accurately determine why it’s deteriorating.

Roland Hall, Professor of Biology at the University of Waterloo, and Brent Wolfe, Professor in Geography Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, have been studying the area for much of their careers.

One of the main concerns they’ve discovered is the area is drying rather quickly.

However, Wolfe tells Mix News this has been the case for decades.

“One of the findings that we’ve uncovered is that the drying has actually been going on for quite some time probably beginning late 1800’s, early 1900’s and continuing to the present.”

The blame game, industry or climate change, is pointless to the study.

Hall says what’s important is finding the direct cause and working to solve it.

“People are trying to mitigate against the effect of a hydro dam or some other industrial activity or if it’s climate change or if it’s some combination of the two, I think it’s important that we get that right and the causes are accurately identified.”

The two plan on continuing to study the National Park.

Right now, their main focus is on monitoring different sections of the park.

“Means of monitoring water levels – means of monitoring contaminants, some of these approaches we’ve developed we think will be really important for monitoring and helping with the stewardship of the delta,” added Wolfe.

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