Air Monitoring

Air quality in the Heartland is continuously monitored by the 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 eight weather conditions like temperature, wind direction, wind speed, relative humidity and barometric pressure.

Data collected from FAP’s 10 continuous monitoring stations and 16 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 open and transparent, governed by a multi-stakeholder Board of Directors, guided by a 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 is published weekly, quarterly and annual reports.

FAP has a variety of resources 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 and Climate Change Canada, industry, municipal government 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.


Air Monitoring for Industry

The specific monitoring requirements for each industrial operation are tailored to that facility based on the types and quantities of emissions. While specific monitoring requirements vary, approvals stipulate that industrial operators must monitor stack emissions and the resulting ambient air around their facilities to demonstrate compliance with emission limits and ambient air quality objectives.

Industry is required to submit regular monitoring reports to Alberta Environment and Parks.  For more information, visit FAP’s network includes 10 continuous air monitoring stations and 16 passive air sampling sites. FAP produces data that help governments, industry, local residents.


Fact Sheets

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

Alberta Environment and Parks

24 hr Environment Hotline: 1.800.222.6514

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