Community Odour Monitoring Project
Login & Report an Odour
(for project volunteers only)
Odours have become a prominent issue in some communities in the Wood Buffalo region, as a result, WBEA's Human Exposure Monitoring Program (HEMP) monitors, detects and chemically characterizes odour compounds in ambient air. In addition to using specialized instrumentation to detect odours, HEMP has coordinated a community-based odour monitoring project since 2013. This community initiative ran for the past 2 years within the Fort McMurray urban community districts, and as of April 2015, the Community Odour Monitoring Project (COMP) is focused on Anzac and surrounding First Nations communities.
Anzac is located on the western shore of Willow Lake, in the southern part of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB). It is located approximately 45 kilometres southeast of Fort McMurray and can be accessed from Alberta Highways 63 and 881. According to the 2010 census, there are 785 residents living in Anzac. Community services include a volunteer fire department, a community meeting hall, several outdoor recreational facilities and the Anzac Community Schools.
Monitoring human exposure to odours in the region is part of a long-term strategy of WBEA. Due to public and stakeholder concerns regarding odours, HEMP will continue to identify, assess and communicate how odours can be monitored and reported to community members. The main objective of WBEA's COMP is to involve the community in identifying and monitoring odours in the air in order to determine the impact on residents.
COMP runs for approximately one year in a community, but it does not require a large commitment of time. In fact, volunteers are asked to go about their daily activities and simply record odours if, and when, they are noticed.
Anzac (2015-2016) Community Odour Panel
Residents are currently being recruited for the community odour panel. Panel members will be trained to recognize and quantify the specific odour types that may exist in Anzac and the surrounding area. Volunteers will also be trained to quantify the level of odours, and to report these observations. When community volunteers experience odours they will be asked to record the odour through one of four methods: 1) Website; 2) Smart phone application; 3) prepaid response observation cards, or 4) a dedicated telephone reporting line.
NOTE If you are interested in participating in the Community Odour Monitoring Project in the Anzac/Gregoire Lake area, please contact HEMP Program Manager, Abena Twumasi-Smith, or call WBEA directly at 780-799-4420.
WBEA will use the data collected to better understand the odour patterns impacting the region. Data gathered will also be used to inform the public and to address the odour concerns of local residents. Others can use the data to better understand which of their activities may be causing an odour problem, and how to best control odours.
WBEA will communicate project conclusions, and will continue to use existing odour measurement methods to share a wider picture of the state of odours in the region. A final report of each monitoring year will present the results of the collected data, major statistics, relations with community odour panel observations and conclusions gained from the monitoring project. Click to view Community Odour Monitoring Project Results.
WBEA is managing the project and has contracted Odotech Inc. to do the work. Odotech has extensive experience in odour monitoring projects around the world. Please click to view the Odotech Community Odour Monitoring Project Website.
If you are interested in learning more, or would like to volunteer as a participant in WBEA's Anzac, Gregoire Lake & Cheecham Village Community Odour Monitoring Project, please contact HEMP Program Manager, Abena Twumasi-Smith, or call WBEA directly at 780-799-4420.