Airshed

Air quality is an indicator of how clean our air is. This is determined by the rate at which pollutants are emitted into the atmosphere and how effectively the atmosphere can disperse those contaminants. This is affected by wind (speed and direction), temperature (at various heights) and turbulence, with local topography (e.g., valleys and hills) having an impact on each of those.      

Hydrogen Sulphide Hydrogen Sulphide
Weather Conditions Weather Conditions
Ground-Level Ozone Ground-Level Ozone
Nitrogen Oxides Nitrogen Oxides
Particulate Matter Particulate Matter
Sulphur Dioxide Sulphur Dioxide

HOW WE MONITOR

The LICA airshed monitoring network consists of 4 continuous monitoring stations, 26 passive monitoring stations, 2 volatile organic compound and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon samplers, and 2 soil acidification monitoring plots.

Monitoring Stations

  Passive Monitor: Sulphur Dioxide   Passive Monitor: Nitrogen Dioxide
  Passive Monitor: Ozone   Passive Monitor: Hydrogen Sulphide
    Continuous Monitor: Sulphur Dioxide, Hydrogen Sulphide, Oxides of Nitrogen, Total Hydrocarbons, Meteorology.
    Continuous Monitor: Sulphur Dioxide, Hydrogen Sulphide, Oxides of Nitrogen, Ozone, Methane/Non-Methane Hydrocarbons, Particulate Matter, Meteorology.
    Continuous Monitor: Sulphur Dioxide, Hydrogen Sulphide, Oxides of Nitrogen, Ozone, Total Hydrocarbons, Particulate Matter, Meteorology.
    Continuous Monitor: Sulphur Dioxide, Total Reduced Sulphurs, Oxides of Nitrogen, Ozone, Total Hydrocarbons, Particulate Matter, Meteorology.
    Polycyclic Aromatic and Speciated Hydrocarbons: Routine 1-in-6 day samples.
    Polycyclic Aromatic and Speciated Hydrocarbons: Routine 1-in-6 day samples. High non-methane hydrocarbon triggered samples.

  Soil Acidification Monitoring Plot: pH, Soil Texture, Electrical Conductivity, Soluble Ions, Cation Exchange Capacity – Buffered,/Unbuffered, Exchangeable Cations, Total Carbon, Total Nitrogen, Total Sulphur, Available Ammonium, Available Nitrates,  Available Phosphorous
    Surface Water Acidification Assessment: 3rd Party Monitoring/Sampling

Passive Stations 1. Sand River 2. Therien 3. Flat Lake 4. Lake Eliza 5. Telegraph Creek 7. Muriel-Kehewin 8. Dupre

  9. La Corey 10. Wolf Lake 11. Foster Creek 12. Primrose 13. Maskwa 14. Ardmore 15. Frog Lake

  16. Clear Range 17. Fishing Lake 18. Beaverdam 19. Cold Lake South 20. Medley-Martineau 21. Fort George 22. Burnt Lake

  23. Mahihkan 24. Hilda Lake 25. Town of Bonnyville 26. St. Lina 27. Portable Station (discontinued)

AIR QUALITY HEALTH INDEX

The Air Quality Health Index is a way of describing our outdoor air quality. Click here for more information on how Alberta Environment calculates the Air Quality Health Index. For near real-time AQHI cross Alberta, click here.

Bonnyville

Current
2
Nov 17, 2018
10:47pm
Today
N/A
Tonight
3
Tomorrow
2

Cold Lake

Current
2
Nov 17, 2018
10:47pm
Today
N/A
Tonight
3
Tomorrow
2

St. Lina

Current
2
Nov 17, 2018
10:47pm
Today
N/A
Tonight
3
Tomorrow
2
Health Risk Low Moderate High Very High
AQHI Scale 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 10+

NEAR REAL-TIME AIR QUALITY MONITORING DATA

For near real-time air quality monitoring data in the LICA region, click here.

Reports

LICA generates different reports to provide air quality information to our stakeholders.