The talk starts with basic background information about water cycle, groundwater and its importance to human activities, the definition of aquifers, types of aquifers, and initial monitoring system in the past.
The main part of the presentation focuses on the establishment of Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Network Program (PGMN) which was started initially in the summer 1999 due to low water conditions in many parts of Southern Ontario. As a result, the Ministry of Environment initiated an inter-ministerial task force to assess drought conditions and recommended the establishment of PGMN.
PGMN is a partnership program with all 36 Conservation Authorities and 10 Municipalities that collect and manage baseline groundwater levels and water quality information from major aquifers across Ontario.
Groundwater levels are recorded hourly at all monitoring wells (454 wells). Water quality sampling for general chemistry and metals are undertaken annually.
PGMN allows us to track changes in groundwater quality and quantity and identify potential contamination over the time. Water level monitoring of PGMN provides an early warning system caused by climatic conditions and water takings.
About the Speaker:
Dr Mir Said Emami is an Environmental Geo-scientist and Hydro-geologist with over 22 years of strong background and project coordination with Ontario Ministry of Environment. His duties with MOE include designing, planning and conducting various Environmental projects.
Dr. Emami has developed advanced Environmental and groundwater sampling protocol for Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Network. He has provided hands-on training on groundwater quality sampling to all Conservation Authorities across Ontario. Also, he has lectured Environmental issues and Groundwater courses at Ryerson University and Educational Program Innovation Centre (EPIC).
In the past, Dr. Emami was working as senior geologist and geochemist experienced in mineral exploration with Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.
He received his PhD from University of Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris, France in 1976, graduated in Field Methods in Hydrogeology, from University of Waterloo in 1999, MASc from University of Tehran Technical Faculty in 1970 and BASc from University of Tehran, Science Faculty in 1967.