B.C. Air Quality

Airshed Planning in B.C.

Airshed planning is a crucial part of the B.C. government’s work to improve air quality through partnerships with communities and other stakeholders in local airsheds. An airshed plan provides a blueprint to help communities manage development and control air-contaminant sources. The process is stakeholder-driven and recognizes that every one of us has a role to play in keeping our air and our communities clean. Local airshed plans are also key to meeting B.C.’s obligations under the national Air Quality Management System and broader air zone management. For more details on the elements of an airshed plan, see the Provincial Framework for Airshed Planning.

At present, localairshed plans are in place in a number of areas of the province, including:     the Sea-to-Sky Airshed, Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley Regional District, Merritt, the Regional District of   Central Okanagan, Grand Forks, Williams Lake, Quesnel, Prince George and the Bulkley Valley-Lakes District. A strategy has also been developed to address transboundary air-quality issues in the Georgia Basin / Puget Sound Airshed.  To view individual plans, see: Air Quality Management Plans in B.C.

Partnerships are crucial to airshed planning and can take many different shapes and forms from place to place. For example, in developing its plan, Quesnel used a single roundtable of stakeholders drawn from local and provincial government, industry, health agencies, and environmental and community groups. In the Bulkley Valley-Lakes District, which covers a much larger area, a more complex partnership was struck, including one regional and four community working groups reporting to a multi-stakeholder committee.

Through implementation of the AQMS, the B.C. government will continue to work with communities to improve air quality.

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