Air Quality Monitoring
Care About Air
Clean, fresh air is an essential resource for everyone in our community. Managing air quality is a key environmental priority for the City of St. Albert and is the first goal outlined in our Environmental Master Plan
Learn About Air Quality
Stay informed about the ways we manage our air quality in St. Albert by reading the annual Report on the Environment, participating in events and reviewing online resources.
Know what you can do to reduce air pollution and emissions! For example burn less (e.g. fireplace, fire pit), use sustainable forms of transportation, and reduce vehicle idling. You can also help other residents in the community learn about air quality by sharing the message that you Care About Air!
Protect Your Health
Always check the Air Quality Health Index before you head outdoors.
The measurements taken by the air quality station are used by the Province of Alberta and Environment Canada to report the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI). The AQHI is a coloured scale from 1-10+ designed to help you understand what the outdoor air quality means to your health. The index values are grouped into health risk categories as shown below. These categories help you to easily and quickly identify your level of risk.
To learn more about the impacts of air quality on human health visit Alberta Environment and Parks.
Air Monitoring Station
After years of planning and advocacy, the City celebrated the opening of the first Air Quality Monitoring Station in St. Albert on June 8, 2016. The station measures particulate matter (PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and ground-level ozone (O3) that are components of urban smog which can impact your health. The measurements taken by the air quality station are used by the Province of Alberta and Environment Canada to report the air quality. The air quality monitoring station is located at Salisbury Park, next to the Sturgeon Reservoir.
View the live air quality monitoring stream in St. Albert.
Benefits of the Station
- Opportunity to add to the extensive network or air monitoring in the Capital Region.
- Provide residents, especially those most at risk from air pollution, with the AQHI health management tool to control their exposure to air pollutants.
- Weather information from the station will assist the Public Works department in optimizing snow removal activities.
Frequently Asked Questions (updated June 9/15)
Last edited: July 25, 2017