Fort Air Partnership (FAP) officially opened its continuous air monitoring station in the Town of Redwater May 7. A number of dignitaries and residents were on hand to celebrate the opening, witness the ribbon cutting and take an inside look at the station.
Located in the heart of Redwater at 4704-49 Avenue, just south of the Town’s administration building, the station collects and reports data on seven substances: sulphur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, ammonia, particulate matter, as well as weather information. This data enables the calculation of a daily and forecast Air Quality Health Index rating. All of this information is available to the public on FAP’s website.
“Having an air monitoring station in Redwater is important because it enables us to better understand the quality of the air locally and on a regional basis, especially where people live,” said Nadine Blaney, FAP’s Executive Director. She noted FAP worked closely with town officials and contractors to ensure the smooth set-up and operation of the station. The Town is leasing the site to FAP at no charge.
The Redwater station is one of ten continuous air monitoring stations in FAP’s air monitoring network.