The installation of St. Albert’s air quality monitoring station in Salisbury Park will begin on November 9th, 2015 and is scheduled to finish in early December. Administration’s recommendation to place the station in Salisbury Park, near the Sturgeon Reservoir was approved by Council on July 14, 2014. The station will be housed in the park behind Vital Grandin Catholic School.
The process will begin with a two day installation of a gravel pad. From here, the station will be wrapped in a graphical decal (weather permitting) and then installed on the gravel pad. If wrapping of the station is not possible due to weather aspects, the station will be wrapped in Spring of 2016. A permanent fence will also be installed around the station. A letter to residents, schools and businesses in the area has been sent out.
“I am extremely pleased that the installation of the air monitoring station is underway, as it has been a long time Council priority and a goal within our Environmental Master Plan,” says Mayor Nolan Crouse. “Air monitoring will help us better understand the environmental health of our community and help us work towards reducing the release of pollutants into the air.”
In 2011, an assessment of the regional air quality monitoring system, undertaken by the Alberta Capital Airshed (ACA), revealed St. Albert should be a priority location to receive a new ambient air quality monitoring station. The ACA consists of the Province of Alberta, various industry members and regional municipalities. The new station will be operated by the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency (AEMERA) and its data will add to the extensive air quality monitoring network already in operation in the Capital Region.
The City of St. Albert will host an official opening of the station in the Spring of 2016 in collaboration with Clean Air Day. For more information and further updates, please visit our website.