Vernon dust factor nearly five times that of Kelowna

Road grit a factor in uptick of advisories

The air has failed to clear in Vernon.

The road dust advisory issued Feb. 27 remains in effect today (Feb. 28) due to high concentrations of dust that are expected to persist for the next 24 hours.

The air quality episode is caused by high levels of road dust, measured as particulate matter, specifically PM10. The provincial air quality objective for PM10 is 50 micrograms per cubic metre averaged over 24 hours.

The PM10 concentrations in a 24-hour period for Vernon as of Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. was 94.6. Meanwhile the measurement in in Kelowna during the same period is 19.5.

Ministry of Environment air quality meteorologists have previously told the Morning Star that the issue in Vernon persists due to the level of road traction material used and weather conditions with little precipitation to settle the dust.

But considering Vernon routinely has advisories throughout February and March, the city is looking into the problem.

The type of road grit used is questioned by Coun. Scott Anderson.

………………………………………

Yet another dust advisory is in effect for the City of Vernon.

Put into effect Feb. 27, the Environment Ministry and Interior Health issued the advisory due to high concentrations of coarse particulate matter in the air.

Levels are highest around busy streets and industrial operations.

The advisory will remain in effect until further notice, but air quality is expected to be poor until there is precipitation or dust suppression.

Vernon city Coun. Scott Anderson voiced his concerns about the type of road grit used by city works Feb. 24.

City staff said the road grit has been tested against neighbouring communities and has been more successful, but staff is looking into all factors considered in an air quality advisory before changing the materials used.

The city is also seeking to procure a vacuum street sweeper, but the timeline proposed will see that hit the streets in spring or summer.

READ MORE: Hours cut at Vernon pool

READ MORE: Lumby squad wins wild-card entry to provincials


@caitleerach
Caitlin.clow@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Environment Canada weather

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID19 pushes Salmon Arm boxing coach into students’ living rooms

Needs of students with Parkinson’s prompts Bulldogs’ Peggy Maerz into Zoom Room

Salmon Arm lawyer describes inmate’s positive COVID-19 test as ‘a huge problem’

Virus in the confined space of Okanagan Correctional Centre may be difficult to contain

BREAKING: Inmate at Okanagan Correctional Centre tests positive for COVID-19

This is B.C.’s first community outbreak at a corrections facility

Dogs are property, not kids, judge tells former Salmon Arm couple

Court decision made on competing lawsuits over Zeus and Aurora — a pit bull and pit bull cross

Surprise parade makes Shuswap boy’s 10th birthday less isolated

Friends and strangers alike help Declan Toner celebrate his “best birthday ever”

From inside the ER: B.C. doctor tells it like it is from the frontlines of COVID-19

‘Stay home. It’s working,’ says ER doctor in a Q&A discussion, ‘And please don’t worry.’

B.C. senior gives blood for 200th time, has ‘saved’ 600 lives

There was no cutting of cake for Harvey Rempel but he’s challenging youth to start donating blood

Highway 1 closed west of Revelstoke

Due to a vehicle incident

Trudeau commits $100M to help food banks amid COVID-19 crisis

Funds will help ‘urgent food needs’ for Canadians awaiting federal emergency benefits to kick in

Domestic violence on the rise in Okanagan amid COVID-19

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP see increase in domestic dispute call volumes

Couple won’t self-isolate after returning from overseas: Cowichan by-law

New law requires 14 days of self-isolation when returning to Canada

How well can cell phones carry COVID-19? Disinfecting may be wise

‘You want to keep it as clean as you would normally your hands’

Snowfall warning issued for Coquihalla Highway

20 to 25 cm expected from Hope to Merritt

Most Read