Air Quality Monitoring
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 Government of Alberta and Environment Canada to report the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI). The AQHI is a scale from 1-10+ 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.
The AQHI tool has information and advice for people who are at high risk for health problems (such as older adults or people with asthma, lung or heart disease). It will tell you how to protect yourself based on the level of air pollution. Learn more about AQHI and how to use it.
To learn about the impacts of air quality on human health and what you can do to protect yourself, visit the Government of Alberta’s webpage on Air Quality and Health.
Air Quality and City Programming
- When air pollution, such as wildfire smoke is suspected to occur, the City of St. Albert begins monitoring the Air Quality Health Index.
- Should the Air Quality Health Index reach a level of 8 or 9, activities at outdoor recreation facilities may be modified to reduce intensity.
- Should the Air Quality Health Index reach 10 or higher, outdoor activities may be suspended for the day, and the outdoor facilities closed.
- This may include Grosvenor Outdoor Pool, Woodlands Water Play Park, outdoor day camps, the Roaming Rec Crews etc.
- Factors considered include: forecast for the day, air temperature, wind, precipitation, amount of time left in the day, the number of users in attendance.
- If any closures were to occur, the City of St. Albert would communicate this information at the affected facilities, as well as through the City website and social media.
Air Quality 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 Government 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.
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.
Last edited: March 3, 2023