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.