Portable Air Monitoring Station Moving to Sturgeon County
June 18, 2020
Fort Air Partnership’s (FAP) portable continuous air monitoring station has moved to Sturgeon County and is scheduled to begin reporting data in early July. The portable station was previously located in Chipman.
The station is located in the northeast part of the County, along Range Road 223 between Township Road 564 and Secondary Highway 570. Live data from the station, plus a daily and forecast Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) will be available on FAP’s website once the station is operational.
A key reason for Sturgeon County being selected as the next location for the portable station was that residents in the area had communicated an interest in air quality monitoring to Sturgeon County Council in 2019. This request was in turn communicated to FAP. Sturgeon County made a formal request on behalf of the residents to have FAP’s portable station located in the selected area.
“This is a great example of how the portable air monitoring station gives us the ability to be responsive to air monitoring needs in the Airshed. Data we collect at this location over time will give all interested parties credible information about air quality in this area,” said Nadine Blaney, FAP’s Executive Director. In addition to FAP’s live data feed, she added station data will be shared via weekly AQHI reporting and quarterly air quality monitoring results. A summary report will be prepared and made public after the station ceases operations.
In addition to weather information, the station will collect and report data on six substances: sulphur dioxide, hydrogen sulphide, oxides of nitrogen, ozone, non-methane hydrocarbons and particulate matter. This data enables the calculation of an AQHI for the local area. The portable station will remain at its current location for at least six months.
FAP has 10 continuous air monitoring stations in and around Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. The AQHI and near real time data for every substance at every station is available at fortair.org. Information about FAP is also available by calling 1-800-718-0471. FAP’s monitoring and reporting on substances that affect air quality is transparent, guided by a scientific advisory group and driven by national and provincial standards.
Nadine Blaney, Executive Director
Cell: (780) 289-6631 E-mail: Nadine.firstname.lastname@example.org
Attachment: map showing location of monitoring site
Location of Portable Air Monitoring Station in Sturgeon County