Third Quarter Air Quality Health Index Results Released
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Third Quarter Air Quality Health Index Results Released

Fort Air Partnership (FAP), the organization that monitors the air local residents breathe, released 2021 third quarter Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) results today. The Government of Alberta calculates the AQHI using data collected at seven of FAP’s air monitoring stations.

There were 246 hours of high and 84 hours of very high AQHI rating for the calendar quarter. These results were almost entirely a result of wildfire smoke entering the Airshed from surrounding provinces. Only 11 hours (3.3%) of the high or very high AQHI hours were due to causes other than wildfire smoke. The air monitoring stations at Elk Island, Fort Saskatchewan, and Redwater recorded the most hours of high or very high AQHI results due to the wildfire smoke, while Gibbons recorded the least.

 

FAP – 2021 Q3

Risk Level (% of time in each)

Station Name

Hours Monitored

Low

Moderate

High

Very High

Bruderheim

2,145

85.64%

11.79%

1.91%

0.65%

Elk Island

2,128

89.14%

8.04%

2.02%

0.80%

Fort Saskatchewan

2,091

89.10%

7.75%

2.34%

0.81%

Gibbons

2,119

89.00%

8.87%

1.79%

0.33%

Lamont County

2,146

89.10%

8.95%

1.40%

0.56%

Redwater

2,155

88.03%

9.10%

2.09%

0.79%

Keith Purves Portable (Lamont)*

962

100%

0%

0%

0%

Total hours

13,746

12,253

1,163

246

84

      *The Keith Purves Portable monitoring station began reporting AQHI data in Lamont on August 20, 2021.

 

As a comparison, results from the third quarter of 2020:

FAP – 2020 Q3

Risk Level (% of time in each)

Station Name

Hours Monitored

Low

Moderate

High

Very High

Bruderheim

2,134

99.39%

0.61%

 

 

Elk Island

2,086

99.28%

0.72%

-

-

Fort Saskatchewan

2,078

99.76%

0.24%

-

-

Gibbons

2,115

99.05%

0.90%

0.05%

-

Lamont County

2,146

99.39%

0.61%

-

-

Redwater

2,111

99.95%

0.05%

-

-

Sturgeon County*

1,425

99.58%

0.42%

 

 

Total hours

14,095

14,022

72

1

-

     *The portable monitoring station in Sturgeon County began reporting AQHI data on August 1, 2020.

 

Air quality in the region was better in Q3 of 2020 compared to the same timeframe in 2021. In Q3 of 2021, there were 1,163 hours of moderate risk AQHI, 246 hours of high risk AQHI, and 84 hours of very high AQHI. In Q3 of 2020, there were only 234 hours of moderate risk and two hours of high risk AQHI. Again, the increased number of moderate, high and very high risk hours of AQHI in Q3 of 2021 were almost entirely a result of wildfire smoke entering the Airshed from surrounding provinces.

 

Residents can check the forecast and daily AQHI at fortair.org. The website also has a live data feed for a variety of substances that FAP measures, as well as weekly, quarterly and annual AQHI results.

 

Media inquiries:

Nadine Blaney, Executive Director
Cell: (780) 289-6631
E-mail: Nadine.blaney@fortairmail.org

 

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