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:

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!

Thank you 2011 members!

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!

It was an amazing 2011!

2012 Photo Contest “Nicole Emmett”

 

Emerald Day in Grande Prairie

PAZA had the pleasure of taking part in the Emerald Day Celebrations at the Grande Prairie Regional College.

The Alberta Emerald Foundation works to recognize, celebrate and inspire environmental excellence in Alberta.  And this is something that all Albertan’s can be proud of!  To nominate an individual for an “Emerald Award” go to the Alberta Emerald Foundation.

Thanks to everyone that stopped by the PAZA booth!

Alberta Environement and Water releases document on the Value of Airsheds

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.

Summary Presentation of the Value of Air and Water Sheds in Alberta

If you would like a copy of the entire document please contact PAZA at dawn@paza.ca

General Board Meeting December 1, 2011

The PAZA General Board Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 1, 2011.

Location:  Kakwa Board Room, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. Office 9705 – 97th Street, Grande Prairie, Alberta.

This meeting is open to anyone with an interest in air quality in the PAZA Region.

Please RSVP to Dawn Ewan dawn@paza.ca

See you there.

Peace Region Air Quality Update

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.

PRESS RELEASE:

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


Peace Region Air Quality Update

GRANDE PRAIRIE,AB, MAY 23, 2011: 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.

Around midnight last night PAZA observed a shift in wind direction to northeast, east. With this change in wind direction PAZA is observing higher fine particulate matter readings across our network, due to wildfires burning in Alberta.

With the increase in fine particulate matter, the air quality index has shifted to “poor” at the Grande Prairie Henry Pirker station and Beaverlodge stations. Alberta Environment summarizes effects associated with AQI index ratings as outlined below.

While fine particulate matter readings were climbing overnight with the increase precipitation this morning, readings while still higher than usually, have been decreasing since 5 am this morning.

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.

PRESS RELEASE:

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.pasza.ca


Peace Region Air Quality Update

GRANDE PRAIRIE,AB, MAY 16, 2011: 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.

PAZA is monitoring the air quality readings closely with wildfires burning in our region. Over the last 24 hours we have observed a slight increase in the fine particulate matter levels late afternoon and into the evening on May 15 with the wind direction out of the east, more notably at the Smoky Heights station. With the shift in wind direction and calms winds from the west, the fine particulate matter levels have decreased over night and into this morning. We are still seeing a very slight increase in fine particulate matter across the region this hour. PAZA continues to measure “good” air quality index (AQI) readings at the Grande Prairie Henry Pirker station. While the Beaverlodge station is measuring a “fair” air quality index (AQI) ratings as of 9 A.M. this morning, with a few hours or “fair” rating on May 15th.

Alberta Environment summarizes effects associated with AQI index ratings as outlined below.

Please contact Alberta Health Services for further information regarding public health concerns. PASZA continues to monitor air quality throughout the region.

PRESS RELEASE:

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.pasza.ca