2022 First Quarter Air Quality Monitoring Results Released

Fort Air Partnership

Fort Air Partnership (FAP), the organization that monitors the air local residents breathe, released 2022 first quarter Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) results today. The Government of Alberta calculates the AQHI using data collected at seven of FAP’s air monitoring stations.

Results show that AQHI in the Airshed was of low risk to health at least 89% of the time for the first three months of 2022, with Lamont County and Elk Island recording the highest percentage of low risk readings and Fort Saskatchewan the lowest. Risk to health increases as the index rises.

There were zero hours of high or very high AQHI rating for the calendar quarter.

2022 First Quarter AQHI Table

Results from the first quarter of 2022 are very similar to the 2021 first quarter results. In 2021, there was only one hour of high AQHI rating for the first quarter. The high risk occurrence in 2021 was due to a wintertime temperature inversion, a weather condition where cold air along with pollutants is trapped near the ground by a layer of warmer air above.

The 2021 first quarter results are provided on the following page for comparison.

2021 First Quarter AQHI Table

The forecasted and daily Alberta Health Quality Index for the Fort Air Partnership Airshed can be found at fortair.org. The website also has a live data feed for a variety of substances that FAP measures, as well as weekly, quarterly and annual AQHI results.

Media inquiries

Nadine Blaney, Executive Director
Cell: (780) 289-6631
E-mail: Nadine.blaney@fortairmail.org