Air Quality and Climate Change
- Today's Air Quality Health Index (AQHI)
- Open Air Burning and Venting Index
- Air Quality
- Air Quality Monitoring in Chilliwack
- Energy and Greenhouse Gases
- Air Quality and Climate Change Action Plans
- CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Reports
- Waste Incineration
- Flood Protection
- Water Conservation
Air quality is an environmental and social issue of high priority since it can have a profound effect on quality of life. The Lower Fraser Valley Airshed (LFVA), in which Chilliwack is located, is confined because air becomes trapped in the valley due to the surrounding mountains. As a result, the airshed is susceptible to the build-up of contaminants. Therefore, protective measures are required to reduce potential impacts on human health, visibility and the environment. The LFVA is shown by light green on the map below.
(Map source: 2000 Emission Inventory for the LFVA)
Air quality in Chilliwack is a function of both human and environmental factors. Vehicle, industrial and agricultural emissions are the greatest human factors. Weather conditions also influence Chilliwack’s air quality, as wind from the west transports pollutants up the valley.
Air quality and emissions in the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) are regulated by the provincial government under the Environmental Management Act. For more information, please visit the FVRD Air Quality and Climate website. Air quality in Chilliwack is also monitored on an on-going basis by Metro Vancouver.
The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), a standardized measurement designed to report air-borne pollutants health risks, can be found here. Metro Vancouver also prepares annual reports as well as a Lower Fraser Valley Air Emissions Inventory every five years.
Many of the sources of air pollution also produce greenhouse gases (fossil fuel combustion, agriculture); therefore, the City of Chilliwack is taking an integrated approach to address the connected issues of air pollution, energy, and GHGs. Greenhouse gas emissions are of concern due to their contribution to global climate change and associated ecological impacts.
The City of Chilliwack has worked with Stantec Consulting and stakeholders to develop a Community Air Quality, Energy and Greenhouse Gas Action Plan. A separate Corporate Action Plan has also been developed, to address the City-owned infrastructure and fleet. These Action Plans can be found here and will be reviewed and updated in 2020.
Under the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP), the provincial government requires local governments to publicly report on actions taken to reduce greenhouse gases. Copies of the City of Chilliwack's CARIP reports can be downloaded below.
|2012 CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Report||2013-05-30||316KB|
|2013 CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Report||2014-06-02||148KB|
|2014 CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Report||2019-11-25||278KB|
|2015 CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Report||2016-05-19||188KB|
|2016 CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Report||2017-05-31||333KB|
|2017 CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Report||2018-05-31||526KB|
|2018 CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Report||2019-05-30||928KB|
Up-to-date information from Environment Canada about the Air Quality Health Index in the Fraser Valley.
Information on the Community and Corporate Air Quality, Energy and Greenhouse Gas Action Plans
A summary of the City of Chilliwack's climate actions.
In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and smog causing pollutants, the City has launched an "anti-idling" campaign. This campaign involves both policy and public education components. In September 2004, City Council adopted a policy that will eliminate all unnecessary vehicle idling within municipal fleets.
Discusses the Metro plan to utilize waste to energy and the City's stance on the issue.
Ways that residents can help improve our air quality.
Important environmental, health and safety information that you should know about wood burning.
The FVRD has launched a Wood Stove Exchange Program to improve air quality in the region. Find out how you can get a $250 rebate.