A multi-stakeholder non-profit organization consisting of industry, local government, environmental organizations, Alberta Environment, Alberta Energy & Utilities Board, the local health authority, and members of the public, PASZA was formed in March 1999 in response to concerns over air quality in the Grande Prairie Region. PASZA was the fifth airshed management zone formed in the province. The PASZA Mission Statement is:
The Peace Air Shed Zone Association will create and implement a process that provides relevant, scientifically credible information to stakeholders who will use the information to ensure continuous improvement of regional air quality, protect environmental health, and influence policy.
Incorporated under the Societies Act, PASZA operates under guidelines put forth in the Clean Air Strategic Alliance’s (CASA) Zone Air Quality Management Guidelines, including management by consensus, representation from affected stakeholders and public accessibility to data and information from its monitoring activities. Air Quality Management Zones are a key component in CASA’s strategy for the management of air quality within Alberta.
This Peace Airshed Zone covers a 46,450 square kilometer area of northwestern Alberta, stretching from the Peace River south to the top of Township 64 and includes the area’s two major population centres, Grande Prairie and High Prairie. Approximately 85,000 people live and work in this area. The zone’s major industries are oil and gas processing, forestry, agriculture and tourism.