The Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency (AEMERA) has launched a newly redesigned website, aemera.org, as part of the organization’s efforts to increase transparency and build trust in the government’s environmental monitoring efforts. The new website is aimed at serving the needs of policy makers, regulators, planners, researchers, communities, industries and the public.
“Through our new web presence we want to tell the complete story of monitoring in Alberta, highlighting the work of the various departments, organizations and stakeholder groups that we collaborate and partner with,” said Dr. Lorne Taylor, Chair of AEMERA. “As AEMERA continues to transform the way monitoring is conducted in Alberta, we are striving to also transform the way people access information about the environment.”
The new multi-media site is designed to be interactive, dynamic and scalable, with fully searchable content and intuitive, topic driven navigation. The website takes an integrated approach by linking related and relevant information and resources to give users a fuller, more complete picture of a given topic,” he said.
Long-term hydrometric data used to assess hydrologic data and trends will be part of the new website. The site will also allow for seamless navigation of a web mapping system and data library that provides real-time and historic data on the conditions of Alberta’s environment. This includes access to downloadable shape files for tailings ponds, access to industrial waste water annual reports, and additional map layers depicting treaty areas, First Nation reserves and Metis settlements.
“The newly redesigned site will allow us to better communicate about how AEMERA is monitoring, evaluating and reporting on key ambient air, water, land and biodiversity indicators in the province,” said AEMERA President & CEO Jay Nagendran. “The data and information we are providing on the new site will better inform decision-making by policy makers, regulators, planners, researchers, communities, industries and the public.”
AEMERA is Alberta’s arm’s length provincial agency responsible for measuring, assessing and informing the public on the condition of Alberta’s environment on key ambient air, water, land and biodiversity indicators including information necessary to understand cumulative effects. The organization was formed primarily in response to the need for coordination of environmental monitoring in the oil sands region