March 2003, Wednesday
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TIME: 11:15 a.m. Registration
11:45 a.m. Luncheon
12:15 p.m. Guest Speaker

LOCATION: The Fairmont Palliser Hotel
133 9 Avenue SW

COST: $25.00 Members / General Public
$12.50 Students

GUEST SPEAKERS: Dr. Ron Zurawell, Hydroqual Laboratories Ltd.

TOPIC: Water Quality Management

In the post-Walkerton era, public works officials and their consultants are yet again, faced with a biological threat to consider. Cyanobacteria (commonly referred to as blue-green algae) comprise a distinct category of bacteria that utilize photosynthesis for growth. During the warm summer months, cyanobacteria reproduce rapidly, forming significant "blooms" that become readily apparent throughout nutrient rich waters.

A potentially hazardous and often lethal consequence associated with blooms, is the production of microcystins, by several common species of cyanobacteria. Historically, these toxins have been linked to poisonings of livestock, pets and wildlife. Human illness attributable to microcystin exposure via drinking water is beginning to attract attention. This has prompted the World Health Organization and several countries, including Canada, to establish drinking water guidelines for microcystin.

Hydroqual Laboratories Ltd. conducted a study on behalf of Alberta Environment to determine the prevalence of microcystin in treated and untreated municipal water sources and to assess the adequacy of current water treatment in reducing toxin levels. Results suggest municipalities employing additional and sophisticated water treatment technologies may remove more microcystin than those relying on conventional methods only.

To ensure adequate seating, please pre-register with the Calgary APEGGA office at 262-7714 before Friday, March 7, 2003. The Calgary Branch now accepts Visa, MasterCard, or American Express for tickets sold prior to the day of the event.

March 12, Fairmont Palliser Hotel, Crystal Ballroom. Time: 5:00 to 6:00 pm Reception, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Dinner. Professional Engineers are invited to mix and mingle with University of Calgary engineering students who are about to choose thier professional discipline. Students will talk with professionals about their areas of expertise, their career path, and why they chose their specific discipline. APEGGA is pleased to host dinner for the first 60 professional engineers who register. Contact the Calgary APEGGA office at (403) 262-7714.


DATE: Wednesday, March 12, 2003
WHERE; Crestwood Hotel - VIP Room, Highway 16 West (west end of Hinton)
TIME: 12:00 pm Luncheon
COST: per menu prices


DATE: Thursday, March 13, 2003
WHERE: Whitecourt Travelodge, 5003 50 Street
TIME: 6:30 pm Cocktails, 7:00 pm Dinner
COST: $15/person

APEGGA is very active in the dynamics of our professions dealing with provincial and national issues on behalf of our members. President Ron Tenove, P.Eng. will provide highlights of those activities of most importance to our professional engineers, geologists and geophysicists.

Come and chat with your President!

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