Message from the Executive Director

Well summer is over and so are the turnarounds…so it’s back to business for NCIA. We have been busy working with the province on the fine particulate matter file and the water management file over the past few months. Communication materials on these files will be coming out soon to let you know the progress that has been made and next steps.

We’ve updated our Regional Noise Management Plan and you can find the Google Earth outputs (for the calm wind condition only) on our website. We completed the field noise measurements (to compare with our regional noise model) this summer and are currently preparing the 2015 annual report that will be available on our website later this year. We welcomed a new Noise Specialist with the Alberta Energy Regulator in October and have spent some time educating him on our regional noise management approach.

And if you didn’t catch it, we had a great article in the Edmonton Journal on October 30 about our Regional Noise Management Plan.

We also completed the annual monitoring program for our 13 regional groundwater wells and are currently reviewing the draft report from the consultant. Once that is finalized, it too will be available on our website.

We also welcomed a new member, Cenovus Energy in September.

It is a busy time and we continue to be active participants at a number of multi-stakeholder forums related to the management of air, water, land, biodiversity, and industrial noise.

Cheers,

Laurie

Win a Fitbit with our NCIA Crossword Puzzle – CONTEST RUNS UNTIL NOV 20

We have a new website and want you to come explore it! Correctly complete our fun and informative crossword puzzle and you’ll be entered in to win a $250 Fitbit watch/heartrate monitor!

Contest closes on November 20, 2015.

Heartland Updates Focus on Traffic and Industrial Projects

Details about a new air monitoring station, traffic initiatives, and construction projects were highlighted at the bi-annual Heartland Information Evening on October 21. Hosted by Life in the Heartland, the event attracted more than 200 local residents, business owners, government and industry representatives to Pembina Place in Redwater.

Heartland 101: Resident Relocation Program Meets Objectives

As communities grew alongside industry over the past few decades, it became clear there was a need to address resident relocation. After consultation with residents, government, and industry, a unique program was established to purchase property in close proximity to industry from those who voluntarily wished to sell. Since 2006, twelve families have successfully relocated outside the heavy industrial boundaries of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.

Heartland 101: Preventing and Reducing Risk from Wildfires

Nearly half a million hectares in the province have been impacted by 1,705 fires so far this year. This makes 2015 one of Alberta’s worst wildfire seasons in the last five years. Regionally since 2010, hundreds of wildfires with varying levels of severity have been responded to in Lamont, Strathcona and Sturgeon counties. Mutual aid and the ability to call on resources and assistance from local municipalities and industry enable responders to minimize wildfire impact to people and property.

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