On March 21, 2016, the Alberta Airsheds Council (AAC) – which represents Alberta’s nine Airsheds, including PAZA – and the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency (AEMERA) signed off on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will see our two parties working closely together to strengthen and better integrate province-wide environmental air quality monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
The AAC, Airsheds and AEMERA have been working collaboratively over the past several months to establish this formal agreement. The MOU outlines how we will work together going forward. Broadly speaking, the MOU will strengthen linkages between AEMERA and the province’s Airshed’s, and identify gaps in monitoring throughout the province – – ultimately providing a more complete and robust picture of ambient air quality in Alberta.
Some of the specific tasks outlined in the MOU include:
a province-wide review of the operation and alignment of air monitoring stations;
an annual provincial forum to discuss the MOU, work plan, and current and emerging air quality issues;
a commitment by all Airsheds to provide air monitoring data to AEMERA for online, public sharing; and
a clear and demonstrated commitment to strengthen linkages between AEMERA and regional Airsheds in order to identify gaps in the monitoring network, and ultimately provide a more complete and robust picture of ambient air quality in our province.
While Grande Prairie continues to enjoy a low risk Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) rating, Alberta Health Services has issued a precautionary Air Quality Health Advisory for the region. Smoke in the air due to uncontrolled fires in northern Alberta may cause deterioration of air quality into the weekend.
For up to the hour AQHI rating please visit www.paza.ca
The following information is courtesy of Alberta Health Services:
PAZA invites you to read through our 2011 Annual Report to the Community. This document provides a brief summary of any air quality events, how PAZA air compares to other areas in the province as well as our accomplishments. It also highlights some fantastic photography from our photo contest.
PAZA thanks our members for their support over the 2011 monitoring year. Our regional monitoring network would be unable to operate without the valuable support of our members.
Members represented various stakeholder groups by regularly attending meetings, participating on committees and donating their time and resources to PAZA. These members are the back bone of PAZA and ensure that we continue to operate with integrity to ensure the best possible air quality data is available to everyone.
To see a complete list of our sponsors go to our members page. And stop in and say thank you to our members for participating in PAZA!
Alberta Environment and Water has release a document regarding the value of air and watershed in Alberta. This report was summarized in the presentation below presented by Cory Doll, Senior Relationship Advisor with Alberta Environment & Water.
GRANDE PRAIRIE,AB, MAY 28, 2011: PAZA is currently measuring increased fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) concentrations across the regional network due to wildfires burning in the central and northeast regions of Alberta.
With the increase in fine particulate matter readings, PAZA is measuring a “very poor” Air Quality Index from 8 am this morning at the Grande Prairie Henry Pirker station. The Beaverlodge station continues to measure a “poor” air quality index at this time.
Alberta Environment summarizes effects associated with AQI index ratings as outlined below.
Please contact Alberta Health Services for further information regarding public health concerns with air quality.
PAZA will continue to monitor air quality throughout the region and provide updates on any changes.
PAZA is a multi stakeholder organization that monitors outdoor air quality in the south peace region. PAZA currently operates six continuous monitoring stations and 43 passive monitoring stations located throughout the region.
Contact: Peace Airshed Zone Association (PASZA) Phone: (780) 833-4343
Box 21135 Grande Prairie, AB. T8V 6W7 Phone (780) 833-4343 1-866-764-2681 www.paza.ca