PAZA works with Airsheds Council and AEMERA to Enhance Air Quality Monitoring in Alberta

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.

Memorandum of Understanding between AAC (Airsheds) and AEMERA

AEMERA Press Release

For more information, please contact PAZA Executive Director elizabeth@paza.ca

New Air Monitoring Program in north-eastern British Columbia

The Province of British Columbia and partners from the oil and gas industry are embarking on a three-year air monitoring and community engagement program. Following on the heels of phase one of the oil and gas health assessment, the air monitoring program is in response to growth in the oil and gas industry and concerns from residents over its potential impact on air quality. For more information: BC News Release

Health Advisory: Fire Smoke Advisory Issued for North

A fire smoke advisory has been issued for northern Alberta, including Grande Prairie and area. Air quality is expected to deteriorate over the next few days, due to fires burning in northwestern Alberta.

For up to the hour Air Qualtiy Health Index (AQHI) ratings in our area please visit www.paza.ca. Air quality information is also available by phone, toll-free, at
1-877-247-7333.

In severe smoke conditions, even health individuals may experience irritation of eyes, throat and possibly shortness of breath. Learn about what you can do to protect yourself. The following information is courtesy of Alberta Health Services:

 

 

 

Health Advisory: Precautionary Fire Smoke Advisory Expanded to Grande Prairie Region

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:

FREE ~ Vehicle Emission Clinic in Grande Prairie!

PAZA is proud to announce our first ever FREE Vehicle Emission’s Clinic!

 

Come check it out!

Call 780.833.4343 or email dawn@paza.ca for more information!

 

 

 

PAZA Founding Member Bob Savage Retires

Bob Savage was one of a handful of forward thinking individuals to sit in a tiny office and dream up PAZA.  Mr. Savage gave members at PAZA’s Annual General Meeting a brief summary of PAZA’s beginnings in his last act as PAZA member and director.  “It took a long time to get PAZA off the ground”.

Mr. Savage served on PAZA’s board wearing many different hats from 1999.  First as a government representative with the Energy Resources Conservation Board, then an industry representative and finally as a public member.  Bob’s guidance will be greatly missed at the PAZA table.

Everyone at PAZA wishes Bob and Mary Jane all the best!

PAZA Releases 2011 Annual Report to the Community

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.

Enjoy!