Fort Air Partnership is setting up a new air station in the Town of Redwater.
The station is set to be moved to the site mid-month and is expected to begin collecting data in October.
It will be in the heart of Redwater at 4704 49 Avenue, just southeast of the town's administration building.
“Having an air monitoring station in Redwater is important because it enables us to better understand the quality of the air on a regional basis, especially where people live,” said Nadine Blaney, FAP’s executive director.
She noted FAP is working closely with town officials and contractors to make sure the smooth set-up and operation of the station. The Town of Redwater won't be charging lease costs for the site as they consider the station a benefit to the community.
The new Redwater station will collect data on seven substances including sulphur dioxide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, ammonia, particulate matter and hydrogen sulphide, as well as weather information
The Redwater station is one of nine continuous air monitoring stations in Fort Air Partnership’s air monitoring network. Once the Town of Redwater station is activated, the previous station will be managed by Agrium and won't be part of FAP’s network, but will still be available on the Fort Air Partnership's website.