The Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) monitors the environment of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in north-eastern Alberta. Our environmental monitoring work is the most integrated and intensive focus on air and terrestrial monitoring in any one area, anywhere in Canada. WBEA is committed to reporting accurate and timely high quality data from our Air, Terrestrial and Human Exposure Monitoring Programs to ensure regional stakeholders have the information they need to make informed environmental decisions.
- is a dynamic collaboration of communities, environmental groups, industry, government and Aboriginal stakeholders.
- is an integral component of Alberta Environment regulatory compliance for member companies.
- operates the most extensive ambient air network in Alberta with 17 air monitoring stations and 23 passive monitoring stations to date.
- reports continuous ambient air quality data, in real time, directly to our website.
- operates environmental monitoring programs to monitor ambient air, land and human exposure.
- operates in an area where the main industry is oil sands development.
- engages stakeholders in the work of the Association, and increases interaction with the public through a number of outreach opportunities including open houses, newsletters, radio and newspaper advertising, school presentations, trade shows, science fairs, Environment Week and other special events.
To provide state of the art air monitoring systems that meets the needs of residents and stakeholders in the Wood Buffalo Region.
The Wood Buffalo Environmental Association monitors air quality and air quality related environmental impacts to generate accurate and transparent information which enables stakeholders to make informed decisions.
We are dedicated to utilizing best practices in all we do.
We will provide accurate and accessible data on a timely basis.
We will provide credible and useful information.
We believe in open and transparent communication.
We value effective stakeholder participation in fulfilling our mandate.
We recognize and respect Traditional Environmental Knowledge.
We support consensus based decision making.
We value our relationship with industry and work to having WBEA the forum to fulfill regulatory compliance for air monitoring.
About the Region...
From north central Alberta to the borders of Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (www.woodbuffalo.ab.ca) covers 68,454 square kilometres, making it the second largest municipality in Canada. It was established in 1995, through an amalgamation of the City of Fort McMurray and Improvement District No. 143.The Athabasca Oil Sands Region (AOSR) is within the municipality, and includes both traditional bitumen mining operations and in situ oil production. The region alsoencompasses the communities of Fort McMurray, Fort Chipewyan, Fort McKay, Anzac, Janvier and Conklin.