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Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

Air Quality Health Index (AQHI)

Outdoor air quality affects all of us, despite our age, where we live or the state of our health. Poor air quality can affect some people more than others – those with pre-existing health conditions, seniors, people who are frequently active outside and children. Now there’s a way for people to know what the air quality is like in communities throughout Alberta and how that air may impact their health – through the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) at The Government of Alberta reports the AQHI in more than 20 communities including Grande Prairie. The AQHI is updated throughout the day so people can check it before planning their outdoor activities. It’s also easily accessed through a 1-877 number and from the new Alberta AQHI App. Just visit for more details.

Active living and the AQHI - YouTube video


Commercial/Industrial Sector and Aquatera Development

•Aquatera changing servicing guidelines for commercial/ industrial areas to provide larger water services. Eliminates developers having to add larger services for buildings requiring sprinklers.
•Aquatera upgrading meters decreases vehicles being used and will be able to track leaks easier
•Solid Waste Master Plan being finalized
•Partnered with Grande Prairie Home Builders on Built Green Program 


•Landfill gas extraction and Bio-reactor project •New Cell construction with Bio-reactor •Wood Diversion Strategy •Shop and Drop area (reusable items left for others)
•City-wide curbside collection of Yard Waste 3rd year)
•Christmas Tree curbside collection
•Metal recycling
•Biosolids reuse
•City wide 3 garbage bag weekly limit increased enforcement
•Construction of new landfill cell, composite liner (dual liner) system, tire shred drainage layer, inclusion of bio-reactor technology in design
•Grinding of approx. 20,000 m3 of wood waste for diversion and secondary use
•Ultraviolet designs have started
•Interactive landfill & recycling classroom presentation
•Landfill/ Recycling presentations and tours to over 1300 students

Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance (MPWA)

The Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance was formed in 2011 and has been designated by the Government of Alberta as the official Watershed Planning and Advisory Council for the Peace/Slave River Basin under Alberta's Water for Life Strategy.  The Mighty Peace Watershed is the largest watershed in Alberta!

The MPWA is a multi-sector, not-for-profit society committed to planning for an ecologically healthy watershed while ensuring environmental, economic and social sustainability.

MPWA October Newsletter (PDF, 2MB)


Last updated: 10/3/2018 1:48:55 PM