PAMZ Vision

Our air is clean, clear, fresh and free from emissions that affect humans, animals or the environment.

PAMZ Mission

We lead in monitoring air quality and applying innovative strategies to manage the air we breathe.

Goals

The goals of the Parkland Airshed Management Zone are to:

  • Build a relationship with stakeholders that will support a long term sustainable funding base
  • Be recognized as a leader in air quality monitoring and the implementation of innovative management strategies
  • Include all sectors with an interest in air quality
  • Be the medium for resolving air quality issues within the Zone boundaries
  • Be a world leader and model for environmental improvement
  • Promote behavioral changes in society that reduce emissions.

 

Objectives

The objectives of the Parkland Airshed Management Zone are to:

  • Identify air quality problems and respond to air quality issues and concerns within the zone boundaries
  • Operate and maintain a regional air quality monitoring system synchronized with the Alberta Ambient Air Quality Monitoring System
  • Maintain an emission inventory that supports a fair funding formula whereby all emitters contribute in proportion to their share of emissions
  • Maintain communication and public outreach programs to educate and promote dialogue with stakeholders about air quality issues.

 

Educating central Alberta residents, businesses and governments about air quality is an essential part of what we do at PAMZ. We believe that sharing air quality data and information is an important way to involve and inform our members and the public.

PAMZ recognizes and awards those who are working hard to reduce their emissions through the Blue Skies Awards and the Dr. Martha Kostuch Scholarship.

1993

Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA) G-1 Working Group releases Zone Air Quality Management Final Report

1994

The Regional Air Management Investigation Team (RAMIT) is formed to investigate the possibility of a zone in the Sundre, Caroline, Rimbey, Rocky Mountain House area

1995

CASA publishes Zone Air Quality Management Guidelines Document RAMIT recommends that the area proceed with the formation of a Regional Airshed Management Zone

1997

PAMZ established as a non-profit society to monitor air quality and manage air quality issues in the Parkland region

1999

Program Manager hired Application to Alberta Environment for approval of Air Quality Monitoring (AQM) Program Design and amendment of 21 Oil and Gas Facilities’ approvals PAMZ Passive AQM Program started in December 1999

2000

Northeast Zone Boundary expanded 19 Oil and Gas Facilities’ approvals amended to reflect their participation in the PAMZ AQM Program Continuous AQM Program started Human Health Committee formed

2001

Four New Passive Stations Added

2002

Intensive Livestock Operations Workshop Held Three Human Health Workshops held Harlech Ozone Study Begins External review and assessment of AQM Data and Program conducted

2003

Pollution Prevention and Continuous Improvement Workshop held 1st "Let's Drive Green" Vehicle Emissions Testing Clinic Held 2nd Portable Continuous Station (Raven) Added to AQM Program

2004

Harlech Ozone Study Concludes Monitoring Capability of Raven Expanded 2nd "Let's Drive Green" Vehicle Emissions Testing Clinic Held Planning for Human Health Monitoring Program Begins

2005

City of Red Deer Joins PAMZ PAMZ assumes operation of Alberta Environment's Red Deer AQM Station 3rd "Let's Drive Green" Vehicle Emissions Testing Clinic Held

2006

Tay River Monitoring Program Begins Mercury Wet Deposition Monitoring Program Begins Ozone Management Planning Committee Formed Ozone Monitoring Downwind of Zone Begins Community Exposure Health Effects Assessment Program Steering Committee Formed Raven Station Shelter Upgraded

2007

PAMZ withdraws from Community Exposure Health Effects Assessment Program Sundre Particulate Matter Monitoring Program Begins Particulate Matter and Ozone Study Commissioned

2008

Sundre Particulate Matter Monitoring Program Concluded Ozone Management Plan Finalized

2009

Tay River and Mercury monitoring programs concluded Caroline and Red Deer Station shelters upgraded Ozone Management Plan implementation begins Southern Boundary with Calgary Regional Airshed Zone amended

2010

Peregrine & Raven AQM Stations became Martha Kostuch & David McCoy Martha Kostuch Scholarship program starts Several Wintertime PM2.5 Episodes at Riverside

2011

AQHI Reporting Adopted More Wintertime PM2.5 Episodes at Riverside

2012

Began Temporary Monitoring at Red Deer Lancaster

2013

Martha Portable becomes Permanent Station at Lancaster (December) PAMZ Emissions Clinic Held on Claen Air Day AEP announces that Red Deer Riverside Exceeded 2009-11 PM2.5 CWS

2014

AEP PM2.5 Advisory Group forms to develop PM2.5 Response Plan

2015

Begin work on Idle-free Project with Sylvan Lake Reg Watson passes way Fall AQM Plan Planning Workshop

2016

PAMZ submits AQM Plan to EP as per new AMD PM2.5 Management Response Released by AEP (April) PM2.5 Modeling & Monitoring Program Study Begins (September) Inaugural Blue Skies Award Ceremony Held On Clean Air Day

2017

PAMZ 1997-2017 TWENTY YEARS!