New air quality monitoring station for Mission

September 11, 2014

The Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) unveiled its newest air quality monitoring station in Mission, BC, making it the Fraser Valley Regional District’s sixth station.

The station is located next to École Mission Secondary School. The FVRD’s other five stations are located in Abbotsford (one near the airport and one at Mill Lake Park), Chilliwack, Hope and Agassiz. Together, the FVRD stations form part of the Lower Fraser Valley air quality monitoring network, which comprises 28 permanent stations from Horseshoe Bay to Hope.

The Fraser Valley now has more air quality monitors per capita than the rest of the Lower Mainland, demonstrating its commitment to improving air quality throughout the region.

Paul Gipps, Chief Administrative Officer of the FVRD, says, "It is important to the FVRD that air quality in all Fraser Valley communities is monitored, and so we budgeted accordingly to extend our air quality monitoring network. By adding a monitoring station in Agassiz in 2013 and now this one in Mission, we are now able to monitor air quality in our eastern valley communities north of the Fraser River."

The Mission station monitors a variety of air pollutants, including fine particulate matter, ground-level ozone, and nitrogen oxides, which contribute to the calculation of the Air Quality Health Index, a tool designed to communicate health messaging on air quality. It also measures meteorological parameters such as wind speed and precipitation.

"The objective of the FVRD’s air quality program is to continuously improve air quality in the region. Funding the addition of new monitoring stations reinforces our absolute commitment to air quality and enables us to view instantaneous data, as well as long-term trends, in all areas of the region," says Sharon Gaetz, Chair of the FVRD.

Data from air quality monitoring stations is available for viewing in real-time from*:

*Data from the Mission station is expected to be available online by the end of September.

Find out more about the FVRD’s air quality programs.