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.

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.