The Quesnel Airshed refers to the mass of air contained in Quesnel and the immediate surrounding communities of the Cariboo Regional District, and particularly that air mass contained and affected by the natural topographical features at the confluence of the Quesnel and Fraser Rivers. The Ministry of Environment has defined this area on the map provided. These boundaries are not all encompassing as there will be times when meteorological conditions will transport pollutants from outside the airshed into the Quesnel area (e.g. smoke from forest fires).
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· Particulate Matter (P.M.) 2.5 is our main concern in Quesnel.
· P.M. comes from any combustion sources such as industry, vehicle emissions, woodstoves, yard waste burning, forest fires, land clearing using fire.
· In neighbourhoods outside of the airshed (see map) woodstoves, wood furnaces and yard burning are the biggest air quality health impacts.
· We have different pollutants here than they do in larger centres ( I can get more technical information for this point).
· Air Quality is getting better.