Published on April 20, 2021

St. Albert Reduces its Impact on the Environment

The City of St. Albert has taken steps to create a healthier environment. In honour of Earth Day, we want to celebrate everything we have accomplished as a city to reduce our environmental impact.

Air Quality

St. Albert works to improve air quality and reduce exposure to air pollution by measuring the air quality at the Air Quality Monitoring Station, located at Salisbury Park, next to the Sturgeon Reservoir. The City of St. Albert continues to work with Alberta Environment and Parks and Alberta Capital Airshed to facilitate efforts to advance air quality monitoring.

Illustration of a St. Albert Air Quality Monitoring Station

Energy Conservation & GHG Emissions

Conserving energy and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are environmental priorities for the City.

The City of St. Albert follows a Local Action Plan for energy conservation. This provides actions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the short-, medium-, and long-term for the City of St. Albert, residents and businesses.

To date, the City has completed many initiatives that will help reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, including do-it-yourself Home Energy Assessment Toolkits and the installation of solar energy systems at the Jack Kraft Facility sand storage shed and Liggett Place.

REALice® was installed at the City of St. Albert’s Mark Messier and Troy Murray arenas within Servus Credit Union Place. This water treatment system for ice arenas eliminates the need for hot water when building and resurfacing ice. Using REALice® at Servus Place will reduce the annual electricity and natural gas consumption by one per cent, respectively.

Sturgeon River

St. Albert is committed to protecting and monitoring the water quality of the Sturgeon River and working with the Sturgeon River Watershed Alliance to improve the health of the watershed.

The City monitors six sites along the Sturgeon River 3-4 times per year within St. Albert boundaries. The river is tested for nutrients, water hardness, salt (chlorides), bacteria (E. coli), metals and pesticides. The results of these tests are communicated through the water quality index below, which reports on the annual health of the river.

River Quality Index Graph

Water Conservation

The City promotes efficient use of water in the community and ways to reduce water waste. Several  initiatives have been implemented to support water conservation and public education.

In 2015, the Water Conservation Bylaw was approved and came into effect on January 1, 2018. The bylaw focuses on low-flow fixtures for new developments and major renovations, as well as restrictions for outdoor daytime sprinkler use. By promoting efficient water use and the reduction of water waste in the community, the Water Conservation Bylaw intends to provide parameters for a water-wise community.

One of the goals of the Environmental Master Plan is to reduce water consumption. In 2020, the water consumption for St. Albert remained stable. This can be attributed to the residents’ and businesses’ commitment to the City ‘s Water Conservation Bylaw.  

To reduce your water usage as a resident or business, the City of St. Albert recommends troubleshooting water leaks in your property, the use of rain barrels and smart irrigation for automatic sprinklers. 

To learn more about these programs, visit the environment section

We encourage all residents to join the environmental movement and get involved with Earth Day. For more information on how to celebrate Earth Day at home visit earthday.org

 


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Last edited: April 20, 2021