Our portable continuous air monitoring station has moved to the Town of Lamont. It began reporting data in early August. The portable station was previously located in Sturgeon County.
The Town of Lamont was selected as the next site for the portable station as it is the largest populated area remaining in the FAP Airshed with no current continuous air monitoring station. The station is located at the town’s tennis courts behind the recreation centre at 4848-49 Street, near secondary Highway 831.
In addition to weather information, the station is collecting and reporting data on nine substances: sulphur dioxide, hydrogen sulphide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, ozone, non-methane hydrocarbons, methane and particulate matter. This data also enables a daily and forecast Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) calculation for the local area.
Data analysis at the portable station will include comparisons to data generated by our other community stations, as well as the existing Lamont County continuous air monitoring station, located seven kilometres from the Town of Lamont. The station will operate in Lamont for at least one year.
“The portable air monitoring station gives us the ability to be responsive to air monitoring needs in the Airshed. Moving the portable station to the Town of Lamont meets a key monitoring objective for FAP of conducting air monitoring where people live,” said Nadine Blaney, FAP’s Executive Director. In addition to FAP’s live data feed, the portable station data will be shared via weekly AQHI reporting and quarterly and annual air quality monitoring reports.