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We are pleased to have the Portable Air Monitoring Lab (PAML) operating in Foothills County for six months to monitor Air Quality. I would like to thank the Calgary Region Airshed Zone (CRAZ) for organizing the Clean Air Day Fair on June 5, 2019, and locating the PAML in the County at the Crescent Point Field House. We look forward to the results of six months of monitoring. Air Quality is everyone’s business! As we know, AIR knows NO boundaries, which we have really experienced significantly with the wildfire smoke last summer and last week, with a forecast to receive more soon. Having PAML at this highly visible location will bring conversation here and create awareness and opportunity for education. Foothills County actively considers Air Quality with initiatives to reduce dust, odour and other emissions in the areas of transportation, agriculture, planning & development, efficient municipal buildings, policies and implementing a new burn-permit process. Also, we participate in provincial South Saskatchewan Regional Plan reporting, are hosting the PAML and continue as a member of CRAZ. Lastly, check out the CRAZ website craz.ca for data on air quality in the region and for their info on how to respond to wildfire smoke. Visit firesmoke.ca/forecast/current for the smoke forecast, and download the app for the Air Quality Health Index from airquality.alberta.ca
Suzanne Oel
Div. 4 Councillor
Foothills County

June 4th, 2019 Ralph Klein Park Join us for the 2019 CRAZ Annual General Meeting. Learn about 2018 data review, Air Quality Management Planning and network with air quality specialists. To sign up: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/calgary-region-airshed-zone-annual-general-meeting-tickets-60674320526 Continue Reading

June 5th, 2019 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Crescent Point Regional Fieldhouse 125 Fieldhouse Drive, Okotoks, Alberta T1S 0C4 The Calgary Region Airshed Zone is hosting a Clean Air Day Fair on June 5th, 2019. Everyone is invited to come! Take a tour of the Portable Air Monitoring Laboratory. Check out some electric vehicles and… Continue Reading

THE NEW CANADIAN AMBIENT AIR QUALITY STANDARDS (CAAQS) for NO2 and CRAZ NO2 LEVELS – Part 1 Our air is composed of nitrogen (78%), oxygen (21%) and argon (almost 1%) i. When fossil fuels are burned nitrogen oxides (NOx), including nitrogen dioxide (NO2), are formed. NO2 contributes to the formation of ozone and at high… Continue Reading

The Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) Audit Team conducted audits of the CRAZ monitoring network from August 13 to August 15, 2018. At the three continuous monitoring stations, a total of 15 analyzers and nine meteorological sensors were audited. All analyzers and meteorological sensors met audit requirements. “For the past several years, we have been… Continue Reading

A Climate of Change “Change is Constant” Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher who lived between 535 and 475 BC believed in the ‘doctrine of flux’ and apparently observed that “change is the only constant in life.” Heraclitus also provided my favourite quote of all time: “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s… Continue Reading

Exciting news happening in the CRAZ region! On October 1st, 2018, the CRAZ Portable Air Monitoring Laboratory (PAML) was stationed at Mitford Park in Cochrane, Alberta, the PAML will produce real-time data on air quality and provide information on potential health risks using the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) indicator. To launch this exciting new… Continue Reading

An Overview of Air Quality Management in Alberta Submitted by Emily Taylor, Alberta Environment and Parks Member of the CRAZ Air Quality Management Planning Committee In 2012, ministers of the environment from all provinces and territories in Canada, with the exception of Quebec*, agreed to implement the national Air Quality Management System (AQMS) to manage… Continue Reading

The Calgary Region Airshed Zone (CRAZ) is excited to announce on October 1st, 2018 we will begin deploying a portable monitoring station (PAML) in communities within the CRAZ region to conduct continuous ambient air quality monitoring. An objective of CRAZ is to monitor air quality in the areas that have little or no previous monitoring… Continue Reading