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13TuesdayJune112013inyourCommunityTMTrademarkofSuncorEnergyInc.Keepingyouinformed.SuncorEnergywouldliketonotifyWoodBuffalocommunitymembersthatplannedmaintenanceworkononeofitsupgradersbeginsinmid-April.OverapproximatelysevenweekstheremaybeperiodsofincreasedflaringandthepotentialforodoursintheFortMcMurrayareaduringtheshutdownandstartupoftheunit.Suncorwillworktominimizethese.AlbertaEnvironmentandregionalstakeholdershavebeeninformed.FormoreinformationpleasecontacttheSuncorStakeholderRelationsGroupat780-792-9545.RegionalairqualityinformationisavailablefromtheWoodBuffaloEnvironmentalAssociationatwww.wbea.orgwww.suncor.comResearcherslocalsteamuponSlaveRivermonitoringSlaveRiverDaycelebrateswatershedandongoingpartnershipsByMEAGANWOHLBERGDozensgatheredonSat-urdaytocelebratetheSlaveRiverandmarktwoyearsofsuccessfulpartnershipsbetweenresearchersandcommunitymembersinmonitoringthehealthoftheSlaveRiveranddeltaattheNorthernLifeMuseuminFortSmith.SlaveRiverDayorga-nizedbytheAuroraRe-searchInstitutesARISouthSlaveofficewasintendedasanotherwaytoinformthecommunityaboutscienticstudiesontheirriversystemaswellascelebratetheriver.EverybodysalwayswonderinghowaretheshAretheygoodtoeatisthewatercleanisitsafetodrinkitSotodaywasaboutsharinginformationaboutwhatkindsofmoni-toringprogramsaregoingonandtheresultssaidSarahRosolenmanagerofARIsSouthSlaveResearchCentre.Theideaistogettheinformationouttothepublicbecausetheyreask-ingaboutit.Theeventkickedoffwithaninformationalfairfeatur-ingdemonstrationsonwatermonitoringbyEnviron-mentandNaturalResourcesENRatap-versus-bottledwatertastetestonthepartoftheTownofFortSmithshdissectionbytoxicolo-gistsfromtheUniversityofSaskatchewanandanarrayofvideosofkayakersplay-ingontheriver.ThePeace-AthabascaDeltaEnvironmentalMoni-toringProgramPADEMPwasalsoonhandtoshareresultsfromsomeofitsworkintheWoodBuf-faloParkareaalongwiththeSlaveRiverPelicanAdvisoryCirclewhichhasbeenmonitoringthefaithfulockwhichnestsonasetofriverislandssincethe1970s.Afreeshfrybroughtinthecrowdsaroundlunchitbutitsoftranscend-ingimportanceaswelltoeveryCanadianandin-deedeveryNorthAmericantokeepthisvastriverthatissoimportantthrivingItsatestamenttoNorthernspiritandtherelationshipthatpeoplehavewiththelandandwaterhere.Dr.ErinKellyEnvironmentandNaturalResourceswhoockedtotheculturalcentregroundsdespitethegreydrizzlyweather.Therekidsgottotryoutsomekayakingequipmentanddosomesh-themedartsandcrafts.Joiningthecelebrationswasacrewofrepresen-tativesfromtheToronto-basedWalterDuncanGordonFoundationin-cludingpresidentandCEOThomasAxworthywhoex-pressedtheirrisinginterestinprotectingtheMackenziewatershedstartingwiththeSlaveRiver.AxworthysaidboththeNorthandwaterhavere-mainedsignicantpriori-tiesforthefoundationsinceagenerationagowhichiswhythefoundationhasmadealong-termcom-mitmenttopreservingandenhancingtheMackenziethroughsupportingcom-munity-basedmonitoringinitiatives.TheGreatSlaveLaketheSlaveRivertheMack-enzietheMackenziedeltaisofutmostimportancetothepeoplethatlivebyAxworthysaid.Ithasanimpactwhichisalmostin-contableintermsofkeep-ingourplanetwhole.TheMackenzieRiversystemtheMackenziebasinislikethelungsofNorthAmerica.Itisthatimportant.Weareplanningtoworkwithcommunitieslikethisoncommunitymonitoringongettingthatdataandmakingsurethatcommu-nitiesunderstandwhatitmeansandthatthatjointeffortbetweenvolunteersandscientistsandprofes-sionalshelpsinformintel-ligentpolicymakingsothatforeverthisgreatMack-enziethelungsofNorthAmericacancontinuetobeatandkeepusallaliveheadded.Dr.ErinKellyofENRwhocoordinatestheSlaveRiverandDeltaPartnershipcommunity-basedmonitor-ingprogramaspartoftheterritorialgovernmentsWaterStewardshipStrat-egysaidthesuccessfulcoming-togetherofscien-tistswithcommunitiessince2011wouldntbepossiblewithoutthestrongvaluesofNortherners.Alotoftheworkthatsbeingdone...arethingsthecommunitywantstoknow.TheylivebesidetherivertheynoticethechangesandtheywanttoknowwhythingsarechangingandwhatscausingitKellysaid.Allthepeoplethatarereallyconcernedaboutthewaterandwanttodosomethingaboutit.ItsatestamenttoNorthernspiritandtherelationshipthatpeoplehavewiththelandandwaterhere.PhotosMeaganWohlbergEnvironmentWatershedsBowanKentchecksoutsomelittlecrittersfromtheriver.UniversityofSaskatchewanscientistLorneDoigtastetestsFortSmithtapwaterversusbottledwater.Dr.ErinKellywithEnvironmentandNaturalResourcesshowsaDGTpassivesamplerusedtodetectthepresenceofhydrocarbonsorPAHsintheriver.FishstudyleadDr.PaulJoneslefttalkswithJacquesVanPeltalong-timemonitoroftheSlaveRiverpelicans.