MEDIA RELEASE: New WBEA website features 17 years of air quality data for Wood Buffalo region
Fort McMurray, Alberta – The Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) takes another step toward continuous improvement with the launch of a completely redesigned website, www.wbea.org. Along with a more contemporary design, changes have been made to site-wide navigation to help users find the data and information they need faster.
One of the most significant new features to note is the public availability of WBEA’s historical monitoring data. Users can now access over 17 years of continuous monitoring data, dating back to WBEA’s inception in 1997. The new site also includes access to historical time-integrated monitoring data reports for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), volatile organic compounds (VOC), particulate matter (PM), and passively-measured pollutants.
WBEA Executive Director, Dr. Kevin Percy, says, “At WBEA we are proud to conduct credible, science-based monitoring on behalf of all of our stakeholders and the public. Real-time and limited historical data have always been available on our website, but the launch of our new site marks the first time that we have made the entire historical data set available to the public. Credibility must be earned through trust-building, quality and timeliness of data, and transparency in methods used and results achieved. In 2013 WBEA publically posted its standard operating procedures for ambient air monitoring, and the data available on the new website is a step further toward full data transparency.”
Another key feature of the new site is the addition of an interactive multi-layered, GIS monitoring map. The map provides users with an intuitive, visual experience of the various types of environmental monitoring conducted by WBEA. The map depicts continuous, passive and forest health monitoring sites, edge plots, meteorology towers, portable air monitoring stations, and WBEA’s wind profiler. The map also includes operating oil sands development sites in the region.
A few additional highlights include updated information on various monitoring programs and projects, including the Community Odour Monitoring Project and the Traditional Environmental Knowledge Berry Monitoring Project, as well as reports, informational videos, fact sheets, a photo archive, and much more.
The new website can be found at www.wbea.org. WBEA is open to suggestions for further improvement and invites feedback and comments through the Contact page.