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Redwater Station Operational in October

Posted on September 5, 2017

A new Fort Air Partnership (FAP) continuous air monitoring station in the Town of Redwater is on schedule to becoming operational next month.

The station will be located in the heart of Redwater at 4704-49 Avenue, just southeast of the Town’s administration building. The station will be moved onto the site in mid-September and is expected to begin collecting data in October.

“The new station will continuously collect and report on the quality of the air in and around Redwater. Having an air monitoring station in Redwater is important because it enables us to better understand the quality of the air on a regional basis, especially where people live,” said Nadine Blaney, FAP’s Executive Director. She noted FAP is working closely with town officials and contractors to ensure the smooth set-up and operation of the station. The Town of Redwater has generously offered not to charge FAP lease costs for the site as it considers the station a benefit to the community.

The Redwater station is one of nine continuous air monitoring stations in Fort Air Partnership’s air monitoring network. FAP currently operates an air monitoring station adjacent to Agrium’s Redwater fertilizer plant. That station will be managed by Agrium and will no longer be part of FAP’s network once the Town of Redwater station is activated.

The new Redwater station will collect data on seven substances including sulphur dioxide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, ammonia, particulate matter and hydrogen sulphide, as well as weather information. This information will be available to the public in near real time via FAP’s website live date feed.

YTD Results Show Local Air Quality Good Most of the Time

Posted on August 2, 2017

Fort Air Partnership (FAP), the organization that monitors the air local residents breathe, released local first and second quarter Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) results today.  Results show air quality in and around Alberta’s Industrial Heartland during the first six months of 2017 was quite good.

Five of FAP’s air monitoring stations collects data that is used by the Government of Alberta in the calculation of a daily AQHI, which describes the level of health risk associated with an AQHI level. The higher the index level, the greater the health risks.

From January 1 to June 30, the index at those stations registered low risk readings the vast majority of the time. Lamont County had the highest percentage of low risk readings and Fort Saskatchewan had the least. However all stations were in the low risk category more than 93% of the time.  Of the 20,561 monitored hours, only eight reached the AQHI high risk category. Most of these were caused by wintertime inversions.

Risk Level (% of time in each)
Station Name Hours Monitored Low Moderate High Very High
Bruderheim 4124 99.33% 0.62% 0.05% 0.00%
Elk Island 4065 98.13% 1.85% 0.02% 0.00%
Fort Saskatchewan 3922 93.32% 6.63% 0.05% 0.00%
Gibbons 4223 96.26% 3.72% 0.02% 0.00%
Lamont County 4227 99.52% 0.43% 0.05% 0.00%

 

Forest fires from British Columbia and elsewhere have negatively affected air quality in recent weeks. Local residents can check the forecast and daily AQHI and a live data feed on a variety of substances on our website. FAP also now posts weekly and quarterly AQHI results for its air monitoring stations.