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’s monitoring and reporting on substances that affect air quality is rigorously controlled, monitored and guided by objectives set by government. The work is transparent, guided by a scientific advisory group, and driven by national and provincial standards. Continuous one-minute data is collected 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is available to anyone.
Real-time preliminary data is generated by nine continuous monitoring stations and reported within the hour. This data is reported for a variety of uses, including calculating a current and forecast daily Air Quality Health Index for Bruderheim, Fort Saskatchewan, Lamont County, Gibbons and Elk Island Park.
Once the data has been validated and is suitable for use in scientific data analysis, it is archived at the Alberta Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency (AEMERA) air database where it can be accessed by government, other researchers and any member of the public.
FAP maintains a variety of resources, including databases, models, educational tools, facts sheets, and reports that are publicly available on its website. Its expertise is shared through alliances with other airshed zones through the Alberta Airsheds Council, Alberta Environment and Parks, AEMERA, Alberta Health Services, Environment Canada, industry, and other technical professionals. These contributions, combined with long-term monitoring strategies and management groups, ensure the sustainability of the air quality in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland and surrounding region.
- How is air quality monitored?
- Understanding air quality
- Environmental cumulative effects management
- Air quality dispersion models
- Regulating air quality in Alberta
- Regional airshed monitoring in Alberta
- How air quality monitoring data is used
- Protecting Air Quality in the Heartland Fact Sheet
- Substances monitored by stations
- A real-time map of our air quality
- Live Data Feed
- Air Quality Health Index
Initiatives and Progress for 2016
- FAP continues to implement its long term monitoring plan. A major milestone in 2016 is the addition of a ninth station to the network in the Town of Gibbons. 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, FAP also plans to add a portable continuous air monitoring station to the network in 2016.
- FAP continues to work with the eight other Airsheds in the province (through the Alberta Airsheds Council), and AEMERA to develop a provincial air monitoring system. FAP strongly believes that the airshed multi-stakeholder governance and operating structure is a good air monitoring and reporting model. Key elements of this model that have been proven to be successful include being placed based; collaborative; the use of multi-stakeholder engagement and a consensus based decision-making process; having the support of highly skilled and knowledgeable people; continually investing in educating outreach; and sustainable, committed funding. In 2016 FAP will continue working with the AAC and AEMERA to finalize a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as a formal commitment to work together to strengthen and better integrate province-wide and regional air quality monitoring, evaluation and reporting going forward.
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