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    Three Alberta forest-product companies turned pulp waste into a high-demand, organic product. Years of testing and trials, guided by InnoTech Alberta, revealed the potential for pulp sludge to be reused as high grade reclamation fill and agricultural fertilizer. Farmers, initially skeptical about sludge, are now being put on waiting lists for delivery of the free and popular organic fertilizer...

Overview

The Reclamation team applies science and innovative technologies for restoration of disturbed ecosystems.

The Reclamation team operates under the Environment and Oil and Gas sectors.

InnoTech Alberta is a pioneer of land reclamation research and technology. Its researchers have made significant long-term contributions to land reclamation science in Canada and the United States with a track record that dates back to the early 1970s. Their award-winning work has helped make Alberta a leader in land reclamation.

Services

We can help your company develop and implement the processes you need for successful land reclamation, from pre-disturbance assessments and site development through revegetation, long-term monitoring and management of reclaimed lands.
 
InnoTech develops strategies and technologies related to:
  • Soil sampling, characterization and quality assessments
  • Soil handling practices
  • Revegetation techniques
  • Industrial waste utilization
  • Remediation of contaminated sites
  • Enhancing carbon storage in soils and vegetation
  • Technology transfer for full-scale operation
  • Long-term site management
InnoTech scientists are also working to develop science-based carbon balance determinations for oil sands mining, coal mining, use of organic amendments by the pulp and paper industry, and quantification protocols for the CO2 offsets and credits component of Alberta's new greenhouse gas emissions trading registry.
 
InnoTech will work with you to develop reclamation and remediation practices that are specific to the conditions at your site.  Most projects are longer term (3 to 5 year duration with some 15 years and up to 35 years), however, short-term (<1 year) projects are also an option.
 
InnoTech works closely with industry clients to develop practical, cost-effective reclamation and remediation practices and measures of reclamation success for sites disturbed by major industrial development in:

We work with government and industry to develop protocols related to land reclamation and pioneered the "capability" concept adopted by the Government of Alberta rather than the previously used "productivity" concept as a standard for evaluating reclaimed land. Check out InnoTech's' case study to learn how the program works.

Native Plants

We have developed native plants as suitable sources of material for the reclamation industry and have received numerous prestigious awards for contributions to the improvement of land reclamation and remediation practices. Native plants can be a viable and recommended alternative to non-native species in revegetating disturbed sites or restoring natural habitat. InnoTech Alberta is the exclusive licensee for 15 native plant cultivars.

State-of-the-Art Equipment and Facilities

InnoTech has equipment to deliver a wide range of sampling, sensor installation and monitoring services.  We use state-of-the-art equipment for measuring soil respiration, photosynthesis, and leaf area index associated with carbon reservoir assessments.  We use our laboratory facilities to conduct a broad range of soil, waste and vegetation analyses.

 

For more information, contact:

Bonnie Drozdowski
Team Lead
Reclamation
780.450.5230
bonnie.drozdowski@innotechalberta.ca