Importance of Airsheds Impressed upon Parliamentary Committee

Posted on March 20, 2017

On December 1, 2016, Fort Air Partnership presented, in partnership with Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association, as a witness to the federal government’s Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development,

As part of this presentation, we communicated that we are an independent, multi-stakeholder air monitoring organization, or Airshed, that monitors air quality in and around Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.  Noting Fort Air Partnership is a collaborative effort between provincial, federal and municipal governments, industry and communities, our work includes collecting air quality data required to calculate the Air Quality Health Index, and to compare to provincial and federal air quality standards, including the recently implemented Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards.  We also noted we work with the provincial government and other Airsheds in Alberta to implement regional monitoring to inform cumulative effects management of air quality.

As a result that appearance, the Committee requested that we provide a follow-up written brief regarding the scope of our work. As a member of the Alberta Airsheds Council, we invited them to join us in providing a joint submission so we could express a provincial Airsheds perspective.  Read the letter.

Public Members Wanted for FAP Board

Posted on March 15, 2017

Here are some facts about being a public member of Fort Air Partnership’s Board of Directors.

  • You would be part of an independent, non-profit organization that monitors the air people breathe in and around Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.
  • You would help govern an organization considered to be one of the most advanced Airsheds in Alberta and a leader in quality air monitoring and reporting.
  • You would have an equal say on the Board as it follows a consensus-based decision-making model.
  • You would be one of several public members, along with representatives from industry and government, directing the monitoring of local air quality and how that information is shared with the public and other stakeholders.
  • You would have the opportunity to voluntarily sit on sub-committees.
  • You won’t be paid but your eligible expenses will be reimbursed.
  • At a minimum, you would be expected to attend six Board meetings plus an Annual General Meeting each year.
  • You don’t need previous Board experience or a technical expertise to join.
  • You must live or work within our Airshed.

Sounds interesting? We’d love to hear from you. Please contact Executive Director Nadine Blaney or call 1-800-718-0471.