The Golden and District Air Quality Committee is asking for the Town of Golden’s support in their upcoming Door to Door Program.
“We live in a beautiful valley, but that means that smoke tends to collect here so we have to work harder than communities on the coast,” said Ken Schroeder, chair of the committee, during a delegation to town council.
“We also know that it can make Golden a less attractive place to be on a smoky day, not only for visitors, but for residents as well.”
The air quality in Golden has gotten significantly better since 2002. The Wood Stove Exchange Program started in 2004, and Schroeder believes it has been a major contributing factor to the change.
That does not, however, mean that things cannot continue to get better, or that air quality in every neighbourhood in Golden has improved.
“Things are getting better… But you have to be careful with the averages, they can still mask some high points,” said Schroeder. “The trend is that it’s going down, but you can walk through certain neighbourhoods and see that it hasn’t occurred there.
“We’re proposing a door to door program. We would have a brochure that we would pass on to people.”
This pilot project would see committee members going door to door with information about air quality in Golden, and how to burn wood as cleanly as possible.
“Even if you have a good wood stove, if your wood isn’t dry it doesn’t burn well, and if your chimney isn’t working properly, it doesn’t burn well. So even people who happen to have a modern stove can find there are still things they can do to make a difference,” said Schroeder.
“So we will be offering in home consultations to see if we can help them out.”
The Golden and District Air Quality Committee will be facilitating the program, but would like to have as many organizations as possible on board, including the Town.
“We want to show that this is a joint effort by a bunch of concerned groups, it’s not just one group in Golden,” said Schroeder.
Ideally the group would like to have logos from the Town, the Province, and Interior Health on the brochures.
Drafts of the materials have been handed out to council members, so they can read through and decide if they would like to endorse the program.