Fort Air Partnership has released their 2017 air quality results.
 
Out of the six monitored stations, Lamont County had the highest low risk readings at 98 per cent while Fort Saskatchewan had the lowest at 93 per cent. 
 
Overall, that's still good news.
 
"Less than 0.2 per cent of the total hours were in the high or very high risk category and those are due mainly to forest fire smoke or winter temperature inversions," said Nadine Blaney, executive director of Fort Air Partnership.
 
During a winter inversion, cold air along with pollutants is trapped near the ground by a layer of warm air.
 
In total, across the network, 43,014 hours of Air Quality Health Index readings were recorded, with only 57 hours being listed as high or very high risk.
 
2017 results for Bruderheim, Gibbons, Elk Island, Redwater, Lamont County and Fort Sask are listed below.
 

2017 Air Quality Health Index Ratings

Station Name

Hours Monitored

Risk Level (% of time)

Low

Moderate

High

Very High

Bruderheim

8,465

97.68%

2.16%

0.15%

0.00%

Elk Island

8,166

97.07%

2.78%

0.11%

0.04%

Fort Saskatchewan

8,056

93.05%

6.93%

0.02%

0.00%

Gibbons

8,493

94.97%

4.83%

0.15%

0.05%

Lamont County

8,431

98.11%

1.73%

0.15%

0.00%

Redwater*

1,403

97.36%

2.64%

0.00%

0.00%

Total hours

43,014

41,396

1,561

50

7

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