The Williams Lake Airshed refers to the mass of air contained in Williams Lake and the immediate surrounding communities of the Cariboo Regional District, and particularly that air mass contained and affected by the natural topographic features of the Williams Lake valley.

Airshed Management Planning in Williams Lake is a process aimed at improving air quality. It is overseen by a volunteer multi-stakeholder committee – the Air Quality Roundtable – and its goal is to tackle virtually all sources of air pollution through the implementation of the pdf icon Airshed Management Plan (download).

The goals of the Airshed Management Plan and the Air Quality Roundtable are to:

  • ensure that identified contributing sources are using the best technology available to treat air emissions
  • use Pollution Prevention Plans to systematically reduce point and fugitive sources of industrial pollution
  • encourage dust control measures at strategic locations in the airshed
  • facilitate better regulation of all types of burning
  • suggest innovative approaches to reducing emissions from all types of motor vehicles