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Portable Station Moving to Sturgeon County

Posted on June 18, 2020

Fort Air Partnership’s (FAP) portable continuous air monitoring station has moved to Sturgeon County and is scheduled to begin reporting data in early July. The portable station was previously located in Chipman.

The station is located in the northeast part of the County, along Range Road 223 between Township Road 564 and Secondary Highway 570. Live data from the station, plus a daily and forecast Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) will be available on FAP’s website once the station is operational.       

A key reason for Sturgeon County being selected as the next location for the portable station was that residents in the area had communicated an interest in air quality monitoring to Sturgeon County Council in 2019. This request was in turn communicated to FAP. Sturgeon County made a formal request on behalf of the residents to have FAP’s portable station located in the selected area.

“This is a great example of how the portable air monitoring station gives us the ability to be responsive to air monitoring needs in the Airshed.  Data we collect at this location over time will give all interested parties credible information about air quality in this area,” said Nadine Blaney, FAP’s Executive Director.  In addition to FAP’s live data feed, she added station data will be shared via weekly AQHI reporting and quarterly air quality monitoring results. A summary report will be prepared and made public after the station ceases operations.  

In addition to weather information, the station will collect and report data on six substances: sulphur dioxide, hydrogen sulphide, oxides of nitrogen, ozone, non-methane hydrocarbons and particulate matter. This data enables the calculation of an AQHI for the local area. The portable station will remain at its current location for at least six months.

Local Residents Encouraged to Take Action on Clean Air Day

Posted on May 26, 2020

June 3 is Clean Air Day, a day which focuses on the air we breathe and what we as individuals can do to help maintain and even improve local air quality.
When substances from natural and/or human sources accumulate in the atmosphere, air quality can degrade and affect human and ecosystem health. There are many ways individuals can be a Clean Air Champion and contribute to cleaner air. Driving less and driving smart can help, as can choosing air-friendly products, avoiding the generation of dust and smoke, saving energy by turning down thermostats and air conditioners, and shutting off lights when they are not needed. Support Clean Air Day by taking at least one of these actions on June 3…and consider making it a habit throughout the year.
In 2019, air quality ratings in the local region showed air quality was of a low risk to health more than 94% of the time. This is a credit to efforts made by all three levels of government, industry and local residents to create policies, implement practices or follow a lifestyle that manages the impacts of community, commercial or personal activity on air quality.