• wood smoke haze on a clear day


Golden Air Quality October 12 to 19, 2018

23 Oct, 2018

Golden Air Quality Readings October 12 to 19, 2018 Slash burning on the west bench south of Golden contributed to particulate air pollution during the second week in October 2018. Monday and Tuesday saw spikes in PM2.5 even at the town air monitoring station near the hospital.The venting index looked good when these fires were lit, however there were many slash piles lit and smoke filled the valley for a time. Residents of the Town of Golden are reminded that to reduce neighbourhood smoke exposure, burning yard waste in backyards in town is prohibited by bylaw.

Current Air Quality Readings in Golden

23 Oct, 2018

How to find current and past data on air quality in Golden BC   The BC Ministry of Environment operates an air quality monitoring station in Golden. This station, located next to Golden hospital helipad, measures fine particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) in the air. It gives us an idea of the air quality in the area around the hospital. Other neighbourhoods in Golden may experience higher or lower levels of air pollution depending on their location near point sources of emissions. Current and past readings from this station can be viewed at this link: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/bcairquality/data/station.html?id=E292149 The graphs show levels of very fine particulates (PM2.5) mostly coming from […]

Air Quality and Health Forum Golden October 16 2018

1 Oct, 2018

    You are invited to attend a Public Forum on: Air Quality and Health in Golden Tuesday, October 16th  6 to 8 pm  at the Golden Senior’s Centre The BC Lung Association and the Golden and District Air Quality Committee is hosting a community forum in Golden due to the continued high levels of air pollution measured at the monitoring station in Golden.     Presentations on the health effects of wood smoke and how it is monitored will be given by: Sarah Henderson, Senior Scientist with the BC Center for Disease Control Donna Haga, Air Quality Meteorologist with the Ministry of Environment. Annette Luttermann of A.L.Ecologic in […]

Golden Air Quality Sept 21 to 28, 2018

1 Oct, 2018

Fine airborne particulates were quite low in Golden for the week of September 21 to 28. A couple of spikes occurred in the evenings as people lit wood stoves due to cooling temperatures. As this heating season begins, please consider the health effects of wood smoke, and make sure you burn your stove with little or no visible smoke.   Thanks for being a good neighbour!

Health Effects of Wood Smoke

2 Feb, 2018

Wood smoke contains a number of hazardous chemical substances such as carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), dioxins, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) (including potential carcinogens such as benzo[a]pyrene), and inhalable particulate matter (PM). The chemical composition and quantity of contaminants emitted depends on how the wood is burned. Conditions that burn wood as completely as possible, not only produce the most usable energy, but also emit the least smoke. In general, more energy efficient wood burning appliances produce less of these hazardous air pollutants. Particulate matter goes deep into the lungs One of the biggest human health threats from wood smoke comes from particulate […]

Golden Air Quality Last Week January 26 to Feb 1, 2018

2 Feb, 2018

The monitoring data from the air quality station in Golden last week clearly shows levels of air pollution rising each evening and going down in the middle of the day. This is caused by wood smoke from residential stoves. Residences producing too much smoke from smouldering stoves are obvious to anyone walking down the street.  Wood smoke is hazardous and contributes to heart and lung disease. It is the responsibility of home owners to burn wood stoves so they do not smoke excessively and pollute the neighbourhood. For those who are taking this seriously, thank you for being a good neighbour!  

Wood Stove Exchange Rebate Program for Golden Extended for 2018

1 Jan, 2018

  The Golden and District Air Quality Committee is offering air quality rebates to residents of the Town of Golden and CSRD Area A to off-set the purchase of an EPA/CSA approved wood stove, or another less polluting heating appliance, to replace an old, inefficient wood stove.  Funding is provided by the Provincial Wood Stove Exchange Program through the Ministry of Environment ($250 per resident). Additional funding is provided by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District Area A ($500 for residents of CSRD Area A only). The objective of the program is to remove smoky old wood stoves in Golden and area, and replace them with cleaner appliances to […]

Golden Air Quality Last Week September 1 to 7, 2017

8 Sep, 2017

Last week in Golden the fine particulate levels in the air were extremely high over several days. Smoke from wildfires in BC and the US contributed to the very poor air quality. The cumulative health effects of exposure to these very poor air quality conditions can be serious. Please avoid strenuous outdoor activity until the air clears up.  

Smoky Skies Bulletin Amended Sept 2017

8 Sep, 2017

SMOKY SKIES BULLETIN AMENDED REGIONS ADDED: FRASER CANYON, KINBASKET, NORTH COLUMBIA, PRINCE GEORGE, YELLOWHEAD   (September 05, 2017 13:00 MDT – Penticton) The Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy, in collaboration with the Interior and Northern Health Authorities has amended the area covered by the Smoky Skies Bulletin that was last updated on Sunday September 03 due to changing smoke conditions. Areas now covered by this Bulletin include: 100 Mile, Arrow Lakes – Slocan Lake, Boundary, Cariboo North (including Quesnel), Cariboo South (including Williams Lake), Chilcotin, East Columbia, East Kootenay, Elk Valley, Fraser Canyon, Kinbasket, Kootenay Lake, Nicola, North Columbia, North Thompson, Okanagan, Prince George, Shuswap, Similkameen, South Thompson, West Columbia, West Kootenay, […]

Smoky Skies Bulletin August 9, 2017

10 Aug, 2017

SMOKY SKIES BULLETIN FOR BC INTERIOR AND NORTH COAST (August 09, 2017 12:00 MDT – Cranbrook) The Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy, in collaboration with the Interior and Northern Health Authorities has issued a Smoky Skies Bulletin for: 100 Mile, Arrow Lakes, Boundary, Bulkley Valley and The Lakes Northwest (including Smithers), Bulkley Valley and The Lakes Southwest (including Burns Lake), Cariboo North, Cariboo South, Chilcotin, East Columbia, East Kootenay, Elk Valley, Fraser Canyon, Kinbasket, Kootenay Lake, Nicola, North Coast – Coastal Sections, North Coast – Inland Sections, North Columbia, North Thompson, Okanagan, Prince George, Shuswap, Similkameen, Slocan Lake, South Thompson, West Columbia, West Kootenay, Williston, Yellowhead, and Yoho Park – Kootenay Park. Smoke concentrations will […]


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