CEMA Announces 7.5 Million Dollar Budget for 2008

    FORT MCMURRAY, AB, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - The Cumulative Environmental
Management Association (CEMA) has secured a minimum of 7.5 million dollars for
2008. This represents a 1.1 million increase over the 2007 budget. The
additional funding will enable CEMA to continue its research and
recommendations activities in over 40 different environmental areas during the
year in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
    "CEMA members and staff are excited about 2008 and the dynamic work
ahead," stated CEMA Executive Director Glen Semenchuk. "This funding will
enable the association's go forward approach to protecting the environment."
    In 2008, CEMA will see the completion of three NEW management frameworks
including: Land Management Framework; Eutrophication Management Framework and
Trace Air Contaminants Management Framework. Each of these management
frameworks will be forwarded to the provincial government with a
recommendation for implementation.

    CEMA is a nonprofit association based in Fort McMurray, Alberta. CEMA's
mandate is to study the cumulative environmental effects of industrial
development in the region and produce guidelines and management frameworks
recommendations. Since its inception CEMA has produced over 100 reports and
6 Management Frameworks.
    For CEMA's 2008 detailed work plan please see the backgrounder or visit


                       CEMA DETAILED WORK PLAN for 2008

    In 2008, CEMA will have a budget of 7.5 million dollars. This money will
be used to fund CEMA's 5 working groups, TEK Committee and to provide research
and reports on how best to manage the cumulative effects of development in the
region. This backgrounder will provide an overview of each working group and
the area of research and study for the upcoming year.

    NOx SO2 Management Working Group (NSMWG)
    -   Isotope Tracing of Water Yields
    -   Spatial and Temporal Impacts of Acid Deposition
    -   Soil Acidification in Forest Ecosystems
    -   Field Coordination and Support for Research Program
    -   Phase 2/3 Paleolimnology - Model Backcasting
    -   Transition to Stage II of ADMF (Phase II Modeling)
    -   Sensitive Soils Sampling Program
    -   Eutrophication - Biodiversity Review
    -   Eutrophication Research for Management Framework
    -   Current and Past Nitrogen and Sulphur Deposition

    Reclamation Working Group (RWG)
    -   LCCS Calibration Research
    -   Plot Network Maintenance
    -   Revision of Wetlands Guideline
    -   Revision of Wildlife Components of Revegetation Manual
    -   Revegetation Manual (Calibration Research and Manual Revision)

    Sustainable Ecosystems Working Group (SEWG)
    -   Develop Habitat Connectivity Criteria for Select Indicator Species in
        the RMWB
    -   Spatially Representing Recreational Land Use in the RMWB
    -   Complete Ecosystem Management Framework
    -   Management Scenario Modeling
    -   Protected Areas
    -   Access Management

    Trace Metals and Air Contaminant Working Group (TMAC WG)
    -   Traditional Food Consumptions and Risk Communication Project
    -   Traditional Food Consumption Project (Data analysis and reporting)
    -   Trace Metals Screening
    -   Risk communication
    -   Community Workshops

    Surface Water Working Group (SWWG)
    -   Fish and Fish Habitat Studies
    -   Development of a Watershed Management Plan for the Muskeg River
    -   Develop a range of water management scenarios and the approach for
        decision making to develop the Phase II recommendation
    -   Physical Habitat Models
    -   Socio-economic indicator data sources
    -   Lower Athabasca River Monitoring Recommendations

    Traditional Environmental Knowledge (TEK) Standing Committee
    -   Community Orientation Project
    -   Workshops with all the community members in the region.
    -   Conduct a facilitated workshop on TEK research and integration into
        the working groups of CEMA.  This workshop is for new CEMA staff, MC,
        WBEA, RAMP, Working Group Chairs, and the general members

For further information:

For further information: Corey Hobbs, Communications Advisor, Cumulative
Environmental Management Association, (780) 799-3912,

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