Dr. Max Blouw Quesnel River Research Centre

Welcome to the University of Northern British Columbia's Dr. Max Blouw Quesnel River Research Centre. The QRRC is western Canada's only research facility that focuses on landscape ecology and hydro-geomorphological research and teaching. Located in the foothills of British Columbia's majestic Cariboo Range and on the banks of one of the world's deepest lakes, the QRRC fosters research and education in freshwater and watershed science. We reside in a fascinating watershed and are always looking for projects and opportunities that would help us understand it better.

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Join us on October 3rd at 10 am at the Quesnel River Research Centre for our annual open house event!

UNBC Study Documents Impacts of Tailings Impoundment Spill on Quesnel Lake

UNBC and University of Lethbridge presents poster to Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry conference in Barcelona.

UNBC faculty present Mount Polley research at the 2015 AGU and CGU Joint Assembly in Montreal:

  • Petticrew et al: Regulation of the Distribution of Anthropogenic Contaminants by Physical Limnological Processes in a Relatively Pristine Watershed: the Breach of the Mount Polley Mine Tailings Impoundment, British Columbia, Canada
  • Owens et al: From the (relatively) pristine to the polluted: the breach of the Mount Polley Mine tailings impoundment, Quesnel Watershed, British Columbia

QRRC manager, Sam Albers, presents Mount Polley tailing pond breach research at the First Nations Fisheries Council Science Series

  • Sam Albers, Ellen Petticrew & Phil Owens. From the (relvatively) pristine to the polluted: The Breach of the Mount Polley Mine Tailings Impoundment, Quesnel Watershed, British Columbia.

Mount Polley Mine Research

UNBC faculty, staff and students associated with the Quesnel River Research Centre in Likely and the main campus in Prince George along with collaborators around Canada and the world are actively involved in research to understand the immediate and longer term environmental and ecological implications of August’s Mount Polley mine tailings pond failure. They are collecting water, sediment, and biological samples from the Quesnel watershed and looking at the movement of water and sediment plumes in Quesnel Lake. They are working with several other organizations, including universities, federal and provincial governments, research institutes, and First Nations.