Air

Did You Know?

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing region.

Given current pressures, the North Saskatchewan River has the capacity to handle all water demands for all users.

The overall water quality of our river is good and has in fact improved substantially over the past 50 years.

Air in the Heartland is monitored continuously by Fort Air Partnership (FAP). FAP monitors and reports on 19 substances that are known to be emitted by various sources in the Airshed, as well as weather conditions like temperature, wind direction, wind speed, relative humidity and barometric pressure.

Data collected from FAP’s 10 continuous monitoring stations and 47 passive monitors is used in a variety of ways. For example, data from seven of FAP’s continuous monitoring stations is used to calculate a current and forecast Air Quality Health Index for the region. Data is also compared to provincial Ambient Air Quality Objectives, and used to inform policy and management decisions by government and other organizations.

FAP’s work is rigorously controlled, monitored and guided by objectives set by the Government of Alberta. The organization is transparent, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, guided by an expert, scientific Technical Working Group, and driven by national and provincial standards. Continuous data is collected 24 hours a day, seven days a week and made available to anyone via a live data feed and published weekly, quarterly and annual reports.

FAP has a variety of resources on-line and in print available to researchers, students, stakeholders and the public. The organization’s knowledge and expertise is shared through alliances with the Alberta Airsheds Council, Alberta Environment and Parks, Alberta Health Services, Environment Canada, industry, and other stakeholders.  These contributions, combined with long-term monitoring strategies, ensure air quality in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland and surrounding region is closely tracked.

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Additional Resources

To obtain further information on a variety of topics relating to air, please contact:

Fort Air Partnership (FAP)

General Inquiries: 1.800.718.0471 info@fortairmail.org

Alberta Environment and Parks

24 hr Environment Hotline: 1.800.222.6514