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June 26, 2013 11:31 ET

EPCOR Contributes to Education at John E. Poole Wetland

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - June 26, 2013) - St. Albert students will be able to get a closer look at wetlands thanks to EPCOR pledging $20,000 from their EPCOR Community Essentials Council (ECEC) in support of Ducks Unlimited Canada's (DUC) education efforts at John E. Poole Wetland.

"We are pleased to contribute to this project and the education efforts of Ducks Unlimited," says Brian Gerdes, EPCOR Director of Public and Government Affairs, and Vice Chair of the ECEC. "The John E. Poole Wetland is a unique site on the edge of our community that provides a great education destination. The site and DUC's programs are helping to spread the word about the importance of wetlands and their intrinsic link to our water resources. As Edmonton's local water provider, preserving this precious resource is a goal we both share."

A cheque for $20,000 was presented by EPCOR as Grade 5 students from the Wildrose Elementary School in St. Albert participated in a year-end field trip to the site. The John E. Poole interpretive wetland provides the perfect destination for hands-on wetland education with a boardwalk, interpretive signage and critter dipping stations.

"We are pleased to start a new partnership with EPCOR, whose vision for the environment and education fits well with our education program and efforts at the John E. Poole Wetland," says Dale Soetaert, Habitat Asset Manager for DUC in Alberta. "As a staunch supporter of community, nature and education, this is also a fitting contribution to the memory of John E. Poole."

In attendance was Deputy Mayor of St. Albert, Malcolm Parker who congratulated EPCOR on behalf of the City of St. Albert. The City of St. Albert has been a visible advocate for the boardwalk and providing access to the community so families and school groups can learn more about the importance of wetlands.

EPCOR joins a significant group of contributors to DUC supporting the John E. Poole Wetland and our education and conservation programs in the province. The John E. Poole Wetland at Big Lake is in tribute to John E. Poole's love of the outdoors, conservation ethic, and support of youth education. The boardwalk was officially opened by the late Barbara Poole during a ceremony in June of 2012. Beaverbrook Developments, Government of Alberta - Tourism, Parks and Recreation, Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Shell Canada and more than 50 other donors have been instrumental in creating the John E. Poole Wetland.

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at

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