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Air Quality in the Kamloops Airshed

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Here is a brief overview of key factors impacting air quality in the City of Kamloops and surrounding area. Two air pollutants that pose the most serious health risks to residents are Particulate Matter (PM10 and PM2.5) and Ground-Level Ozone (GLO).

In 2012 the City of Kamloops prepared the report What is in the Air We Breathe? as part of the development of the Airshed Management Plan. Check out both publications to learn about challenges and opportunities related to air quality improvement. Unless otherwise noted, information on this page is based on What is in the Air We Breathe? and guidelines from the Southern Interior Air Zone Report (2011-2013).

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Photo above: hpbfotos

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The Kamloops Airshed (indicated above) is defined by the topography of the valley, and generally extends from Campbell Creek in the east, to the airport in the west, north to Rayleigh, and south to the height of land in Knutsford and above Barnhartvale. Photo credit: “Air boundary,” courtesty of Ralph Adams, Ministry of Environment (from page 2, figure 4 of What is in the Air We Breathe?).

Particulate Matter

Particulate Matter

 What is it? posted on 12:50 PM, June 7, 2016
 What are the human health concerns? posted on 12:50 PM, June 7, 2016
 What are the sources? posted on 12:49 PM, June 7, 2016
 What are the levels? posted on 9:30 AM, June 7, 2016
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Ground-level Ozone

Ground-level Ozone

 What is it? posted on 9:38 AM, June 7, 2016
 What are the human health concerns? posted on 9:37 AM, June 7, 2016
 What are the sources? posted on 9:37 AM, June 7, 2016
 What are the levels? posted on 9:36 AM, June 7, 2016
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Nitrogen Oxides

Nitrogen Oxides

 What are they? posted on 9:47 AM, June 7, 2016
 What are the human health concerns? posted on 9:47 AM, June 7, 2016
 What are the sources? posted on 9:46 AM, June 7, 2016
 What are the levels? posted on 9:46 AM, June 7, 2016
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Sulphur Dioxide

Sulphur Dioxide

 What is it? posted on 9:51 AM, June 7, 2016
 What are the human health concerns? posted on 9:50 AM, June 7, 2016
 What are the sources? posted on 9:49 AM, June 7, 2016
 What are the levels? posted on 9:49 AM, June 7, 2016
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Other Pollutants: VOCs and Odorous Reduced Sulphur Gases

Other Pollutants: VOCs and Odorous Reduced Sulphur Gases

 What are they? posted on 9:56 AM, June 7, 2016
 What are the human health concerns? posted on 9:54 AM, June 7, 2016
 What are the sources? posted on 9:53 AM, June 7, 2016
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Looking to learn more about Air Quality? See Air Quality Resources.

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The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

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