Air Quality

Golden Airshed Management Planning

The well-being, economic prosperity and environmental health of Golden and the Columbia Valley are dependent upon many factors including clean air.

A draft Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) has been prepared that provides background information, guidance and strategic action to improve air quality in the Town of Golden and the surrounding air shed of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District Area A (CSRD A).

You can view the draft plan here: Golden and District Air Quality Management Plan – Draft

All comments are welcome and appreciated.

 

The draft plan details a vision, broad goals, specific initiatives and performance measures to assist our communities in achieving the best air quality possible for present and future generations.

Actions that will reduce emissions of common local air contaminants and increase energy efficiency are the focus of the plan. These actions include ensuring more efficient wood burning practices, reducing overall fuel consumption, using cleaner fuels, installing emission control technologies, and controlling fugitive dust.  Engaging and working closely with local industry to monitor air pollution releases and explore opportunities for emissions reduction is essential. Other key aspects of the plan include address information gathering and sharing, public education, conducting ongoing research and enhancing public engagement.

In many cases these actions will also contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions which has global implications. Certain emission sources such as road dust, residential wood burning, and industrial releases that contribute to locally high particulate matter levels are concerns that are not captured by GHG reduction programs. In addition, attention to local air quality can often provide a more direct motivating factor for individual and institutional action.

This plan will be further developed through collaboration among several organizations, institutions, government jurisdictions and individual citizens working together in a round table format.  Refinement of indicators and development of more detailed and additional strategies are necessary.

Specific actions that can be taken to reduce emissions are focused on residential, transportation and industrial sources within the Golden airshed.

 Residential emissions reductions will address:

  • Improving efficient operation of residential wood stoves for home heating.
  • Retiring older, inefficient wood stoves currently in use.
  • Limiting backyard burning including recreational campfires and disposal of yard waste. 

 Transportation emissions reductions focus on:

  • Continuing and increasing anti-idling campaigns and development of anti-idling bylaws.
  • Improvements in the control of road dust and consistent implementation of best practices.
  • Working with local industry and government on fleet management.
  • Advocacy for the introduction and implementation of new locomotive emissions regulations at the federal level.
  • Work with local rail yard to document implementation of initiatives to reduce emissions at the local level and investigate opportunities for further reductions. 
  • Attention to the location of temporary emission sources such as mobile asphalt plants for road construction.

Industrial emissions reductions will address:

  • Review of monitoring requirements and reporting at the local mill.
  • Investigation into emissions from small industry and collaboration on emissions reduction opportunities. 
  • Improvements in slash burning practices, monitoring and reporting. Working with operators to improve practices.

 

The air quality management planning process has been funded by the British Columbia Ministry of Environment and coordinated by the Golden and District Air Quality Committee (GDAQC).