Interactive Monitoring Map 

Community Odour Monitoring Project


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. This community initiative ran for 2 years within the Fort McMurray urban community districts, and within the community of Anzac and surrounding First Nations communities.

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.

Volunteer Timeline

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.


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.

If you are interested in learning more about the Community Odour Monitoring Project, please contact WBEA directly at 780-799-4420.