AIR MONITORING STATIONS
View data from each station:
- Bertha Ganter – Fort McKay (AMS 1)
- Mildred Lake (AMS 2)
- Lower Camp Met Tower (AMS 3)
- Buffalo Viewpoint (AMS 4)
- Mannix (AMS 5)
- Patricia McInnes (AMS 6)
- Athabasca Valley (AMS 7)
- Fort Chipewyan (AMS 8)
- Barge Landing (AMS 9)
- Lower Camp (AMS 11)
- Millennium (AMS 12)
- Fort McKay South(AMS 13)
- Anzac (AMS 14)
- CNRL Horizon (AMS 15)
- Shell Muskeg River (AMS 16)
- Wapasu (AMS 17)
- Conklin (AMS 18)
- Mobile Air Monitoring Station
- Portable Air Monitoring Station
WBEA has monitored and reported air quality in northeastern Alberta since 1997. WBEA is one of the eight air sheds in Alberta that report hourly air monitoring data to the provincial Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA) (www.casahome.org).
WBEA’s Ambient Air Technical Committee (AATC), composed of representatives from our member organizations, sets the strategic direction for air monitoring in the region. Science advisors provide advice to the committee on operations and new technologies. The WBEA network of 16 air monitoring stations (AMS) is managed by a staff of 11 headquartered at WBEA’s new Field Operations Centre in Fort McMurray. The AATC staff includes a Program Manager, data validation specialist, three senior air quality specialists and six air quality technicians.
WBEA’s ambient air quality monitoring uses continuous, time-integrated, passive, and specialized measurement techniques. WBEA operates a total of 16 industrial, attribution, community, background or meteorological air monitoring stations.
Mobile and portable monitoring stations provide incident based or short term air quality monitoring.
Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives
Alberta's Ambient Air Quality Objectives define the desired environmental quality that will protect public health and ecosystems.
An alarm system on the WBEA network provides immediate notification when readings greater than those stipulated in the Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives occur at any of our air monitoring stations. After the data is confirmed, both Alberta Environment and industry operators are notified and can follow up appropriately. When industry is informed that they have exceeded an Ambient Air Quality Objective, they conduct an internal investigation to identify any possible sources. If a source is identified, steps are taken to reduce emissions. A report on the incident is submitted to Alberta Environment within 7 days and discussions with regional stakeholders occur at quarterly WBEA meetings.
View the Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives: http://environment.alberta.ca/01005.html