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.