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In 2017 a continuous air monitoring station in Airdrie started operating. This station provides the City of Airdrie with an Air Quality Health Index number, the AQHI is a tool that provides health information based on the air quality in the area. The station is operated by Alberta Environment and Parks. The AQHI is posted on the website or can be viewed on the AQHI Canada app.

The Airdrie Echo wrote an article on the AQHI and air quality in Airdrie on July 16th, 2019.
https://www.airdrieecho.com/news/local-news/wildfire-season-sparks-questions-about-airdries-air-quality

As indicated in the April 2019 blog 1, when fossil fuels are combusted nitrogen oxides (NOx), including nitrogen dioxide (NO2), are formed. Combustion processes are currently used in transportation, heating, power generation, and oil and gas development. NOx contributes to the formation of ozone and at high concentrations can be seen over large cities as… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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