Using the experience gained from the Community Monitoring Project pilot programs, the ELC developed the Community Action packages as tools to guide community groups to active involvement in environmental monitoring and enforcement. The Community Action on Air Quality package (1999) focuses on community involvement in ambient air quality monitoring and enforcement. The Community Action on Industrial Facilities package (2002) focuses on community involvement in air and water quality monitoring and enforcement in relation to industrial facilities.
Each package is made up of two volumes, a Guidebook and Background Materials. The Guidebook provides the “how-to’s” of setting up environmental monitoring training programs and community monitoring groups, and includes chapters with specific tips on making contacts, building relationships, working with government, and fundraising. The Background Materials use a fact sheet format to cover a range of topics related to environmental monitoring and enforcement and can be used as training or reference materials. Resource lists throughout the packages give users extensive practical information and contacts on air and water quality matters in Alberta.