Gibbons Air Monitoring Station Operational
Fort Air Partnership is pleased to announce that a continuous air monitoring station in Gibbons is now up and running. The station is located just south of the Town of Gibbon’s administration building at 50 Avenue and 48 Street.
The Gibbons station is monitoring and collecting data on seven substances including sulphur dioxide, hydrogen sulphide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, oxides of nitrogen and particulate matter, as well as weather information. This data enables a current Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) to be calculated for the local area. A forecast AQHI will be available at a later date.
The addition of this station is part of Fort Air Partnership’s transition to a regional air monitoring network that better monitors the impact of all sources on outdoor air quality, particularly where people live. As part of this plan, the organization plans to add a portable continuous air monitoring station to the network later this year.
North West Redwater Partnership provided funds for the purchase of the station and the first year of operation. The station’s on-going operation will be funded by the Northeast Capital Industrial Association, of which North West Redwater Partnership is a member. Alberta’s Environmental Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation Agency provided a particulate matter analyzer to enable the calculation of the AQHI.
As a public service, AQHI readings for Gibbons and other stations in Lamont County, Fort Saskatchewan, Bruderheim and Elk Island National Park are posted on our website. The public can also access a near real time live date feed on our website for any substance tracked by Fort Air Partnership’s nine continuous air monitoring stations, including Gibbons.
Bruderheim Air Monitoring Station on the Move
Fort Air Partnership’s continuous air monitoring station in Bruderheim is moving to make way for new commercial development in the town centre. The station will remain in town though, moving to a location just north of Bruderheim School on 48 Street, about 650 metres from its present location.
The move is scheduled to be made on Tuesday, March 1. The Town of Bruderheim is generously providing the new site without lease costs to Fort Air Partnership, a not-for-profit air monitoring society, and working closely with FAP to organize the move.
“Power disruption, equipment recalibration and other issues associated with the move will interrupt data collection for about three days,” advised Nadine Blaney, Executive Director. She noted they are working closely with town officials and contractors to minimize down time and that provincial government officials have been notified.
The Bruderheim station has been part of Fort Air Partnership’s air monitoring network since 2010. The station collects data on nine substances including sulphur dioxide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, total hydrocarbons, non-methane hydrocarbons, methane, oxides of nitrogen and particulate matter, as well as weather information. This data enables a current and forecast Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) to be calculated for the local area.
As a public service, AQHI readings for Bruderheim and stations in Lamont County, Fort Saskatchewan and Elk Island National Park are posted on fortair.org. The public can also access a near real time live date feed on the website for any substance tracked by the airshed’s continuous air monitoring stations.
Fort Air Partnership monitors the air local residents breathe in and around Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. The collection and reporting on substances that affect air quality is transparent, guided by an expert scientific advisory group, and driven by national and provincial standards.