New Partnership with the Calgary Region Airshed Zone to Monitor the Air Pollutants Around Lord Beaverbrook High School

By Val Mynak July 5, 2023 Youth En Route recently partnered with the Calgary Region Airshed Zone, an organization dedicated to monitoring and managing air quality in Calgary and surrounding regions. In collaboration with other organizations and communities, CRAZ tracks and analyses air quality to enforce and develop strategies against air pollution. Their vision is to… Show more

A Successful CRAZ AGM – 2023

All sectors were present and ready to enjoy the day on June 6th, 2023 at the Calgary Region Airshed Zone’s Annual General Meeting.  This meeting is held annually and consists of a full day of presentations and networking.  The AGM was held at Ralph Klein Park and catered by Great Events. Presentations consisted of: 2022… Show more

NRCB installs air quality monitoring unit in High River to help assess odours

NRCB installs air quality monitoring unit in High River to help assess odours Posted on May 30, 2023 | CFO News, Featured The Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) has purchased and installed a new air quality monitoring unit in High River to provide additional information related to odours experienced by area residents. The Scentroid CTair unit will measure… Show more

Technology Behind the Data – Filter Media Testing

How are masks and filter media tested? Masks and Filter Media are tested using an Aerosol Generator combined with Particle Measurement. Aerosol generators The aerosol is created by two aerosol generators. The aerosol generators are triggered by a solenoid valve and switched accordingly. The hose connection of the respective generator to the filter holder must… Show more

Air Quality Monitoring Comes to High River

HIGH RIVER – The Calgary Region Airshed Zone (CRAZ) and Town of High River announce a partnership in concert with Alberta Environment and Protected Areas to bring air quality monitoring to High River. For one year, funding is provided to deploy a portable monitoring station (PAML) in High River. The trailer has arrived and is located adjacent to… Show more

What is in the air?

There’s something in the air, but what, exactly? CBC Eyeopener speaks with a local air quality scientist (that’s Mandeep Dhaliwal, CRAZ Air Quality Program Manager) about what we’re breathing in when wildfire haze blankets the city. Show more

2021 Alberta Airsheds Air Quality Report

Alberta Airsheds Council has prepared this 2021 Alberta Airsheds Air Quality Report to provide a summary of the air quality data that is monitored and collected in our province by Alberta’s Airsheds. This information is important to share with Albertans because air quality affects our health and our environment. Air Quality Reports — Alberta Airsheds… Show more

Community Guide to Wildfire Smoke and Health

The Calgary Region Airshed Zone is proud to present a guide explaining health effects and exposure reduction resources to wildfire smoke. Community Guide to Wildfire Smoke and Health Overview Over the past few years, residents of the Province of Alberta have experienced increased smoke exposure as a result of severe wildfires. This guide has been… Show more

Technology behind the Data – PM2.5 Particulate

By Jim Shorey PM2.5 is Particulate Matter smaller than 2.5 microns in size. Particulate Matter such as wood smoke is often measured using the principle of Beta Radiation Attenuation and Nephelometer Light Scattering Detection. Looking at the flow diagram below, particulate is drawn into the Inlet via a vacuum pump.  The Inlet has a PM10… Show more

Technology Behind the Data – Ozone

Ozone Jim Shorey Ozone gas is commonly measured by instruments with UV Photometric Technology Looking at the Flow Schematic shown below in Figure 1-2, we see the layout of an Ozone Analyzer. This unit includes an internal Air Sample Pump, which draws Ambient Air into the port labeled SAMPLE. Once the sample enters the sample… Show more