Interactive Monitoring Map 

Waskow Ohci Pimatisiwin

(Latitude: 57.1837  Longitude: -111.6395)

Waskow Ohci Pimatisiwin (Cree for “Air of Life”) Air Monitoring Station was installed in the community of Fort McKay in July 2017. The station was deployed to support the recommendations of the Recurrent Human Health Complaint Technical Report – Fort McKay (2016) by monitoring sulphur dioxide (SO2) and hydrogen sulphide (H2S) for acute emergency events. The purpose of this is to alert the Alberta Energy Regulator, Alberta Environment and Parks, and the community of Fort McKay to levels of SO2 and H2S that exceed certain thresholds, which may pose a risk to human health. At this station, H2S is monitored at a higher range than typical compliance analyzers throughout the WBEA network in order to respond to a greater range of ambient concentrations.

The station is equipped to measure sulphur dioxide (SO2), hydrogen sulphide (H2S), wind speed, wind direction, temperature, and relative humidity.

Time of Data:
2017-09-20 00:00:00 (Mountain Standard Time)
ParameterHourly Average
SO2 -0.15 ppb
H2S 0.32 ppb
Temperature 9.01 deg. C
Relative Humidity 93.70 %
Wind Speed @ 10m 8.53 km/h
Wind Dir @ 10m 29.47 deg

All air quality monitoring data displayed on this site by the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association is directly from monitoring equipment output signals. Displayed data is generally indicative of ambient conditions, however, it has not been reviewed, validated, nor processed for baseline drift and other fluctuations by qualified technicians. Final processed and validated data values may vary from values displayed on this site. A displayed value of 'n/d' indicates air monitoring data is not available at the corresponding time due to scheduled maintenance and/or instrument calibration. Charted data is locked to the range of the analyzer by default, and can be unlocked by the appropriate control. To access quality-checked and validated historical data, please visit the Alberta Government's airdata warehouse:

Historical Monitoring Data

PLEASE NOTE: When ambient concentrations of any pollutant WBEA measures exceeds the Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objective, WBEA has an immediate Reporting Protocol that is put into action. WBEA analyzers continuously monitor ambient air, and in the event of an exceedence the following steps are taken:

1 - The data collection system automatically sends out alarm notifications to WBEA personnel and an independent third party alarm monitoring company. 

2 - The alarm company acknowledges the incoming alarm and reports the data and supporting information such as wind conditions, locations, time, etc, to Alberta Environment & Parks (AEP) in real time, or as soon as becoming aware of it.

3 - AEP uses the data and information from WBEA to follow up as appropriate.