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Airshed Residents Encouraged to Celebrate Clean Air Day

Posted on June 5, 2024

June 5 is Clean Air Day in Canada. Heartland Air Monitoring Partnership (HAMP), the organization that monitors the air local residents breathe, encourages everyone to celebrate this day by taking at least one action to support clean air: walking, riding a bicycle, driving less and driving smart, or even simply shutting off lights when they are not needed.

“Clean Air Day is a great reminder for us all to reflect on what we can do to preserve and improve the clean air we benefit from in Canada,” noted Nadine Blaney, HAMP’s Executive Director. “Our clean air is a credit to us all – the public policies, industry practices and the individual lifestyles we adopt to help manage the impact of our activities on air quality.” 

In 2023, air quality ratings in the Airshed showed that air quality was a low risk to health more than 83% of the time. Even though the Heartland region had some exceptionally poor air quality days in 2023 due to wildfire smoke, overall, the Airshed continues to experience clean air. 

When substances from natural and/or human sources accumulate in the atmosphere, air quality can degrade and affect human and ecosystem health. HAMP’s ten continuous air monitoring stations measure airborne substances minute by minute, 24 hours a day, all year long. The provincial government uses data from seven of these stations to calculate a daily and forecast Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), providing people with a way to gauge the quality of outdoor air and adjust their level of outdoor activity accordingly.

Everyone can support Clean Air Day by making clean choices a habit throughout the year. HAMP also encourages everyone to start with taking ten minutes to be as informed as possible on local air quality. Follow HAMP on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and bookmark our website for regular access to AQHI ratings for the Airshed.

About Heartland Air Monitoring Partnership:         

Heartland Air Monitoring Partnership monitors the air quality in a 4,500 square kilometre region northeast of Edmonton that includes Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. Continuous data is collected 24 hours a day, seven days a week and generated through a live data feed accessible to anyone who visits www.heartlandairmonitoring.org. HAMP air quality monitoring and reporting is guided by a scientific advisory group and driven by national and provincial standards. 

Fort Air Partnership Unveils New Name

Posted on May 14, 2024

Fort Air Partnership has a new name. Effective May 14, the organization responsible for monitoring the air quality in the Industrial Heartland and surrounding area, is called Heartland Air Monitoring Partnership.

The new name was chosen to better represent the range of communities and counties served by the Airshed. These include but are not limited to: Bon Accord, Bruderheim, Elk Island National Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Gibbons, Josephburg, Lamont, Newbrook, Redwater, Thorhild and Waskatenau.

The new Heartland Air Monitoring Partnership (HAMP) name is also intended to make the Airshed’s key air monitoring role clearer to residents.

“Our primary role is to monitor and report on air quality where people live, making this information available  to all residents and stakeholders within  our borders in an open and transparent way,” said Nadine Blaney, HAMP’s Executive Director. “We’re here for anyone who wants to know what the air quality is like. Over time we hope our new name and brand will help communicate these values as clearly as possible.”

Heartland Air Monitoring Partnership will appear first on digital channels, and more gradually on physical station signage over the longer term.

Heartland Air Monitoring Partnership monitors the air quality in a 4,500 square kilometre region northeast of Edmonton that includes Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. Continuous data is collected 24 hours a day, seven days a week and generated through a live data feed accessible to anyone who visits www.heartlandairmonitoring.org. HAMP air quality monitoring and reporting is guided by a scientific advisory group and driven by national and provincial standards.