Citizens are part of the solution.
The primary objective of a site odour monitoring program is to determine the effect of odours on the community by having it participate in the action initiated by the operator, whether an industry or municipal service.
Community participation ensures direct citizen involvement in the key aspects of the project, leading to an understanding of the odour problem. This approach fosters constructive dialogue and cooperation between managers and the community near the site.
The Citizen Committee entails four components:
- planning of the monitoring study and development of a management system;
- selection and training of citizens participating in the study;
- tracking and supervision of progress of the study;
- statistical treatment of the compiled results.
Odotech usually proposes programs of six (6) or twelve (12) months. However, if required, the Citizen Committee can be extended to comply to a specific context.
A program of six (6) months usually addresses an emergency or crisis in which an operator must quickly rectify a delicate situation. A more sustained pace is used to keep citizen motivation and interest high. However, because of its short focus, the Citizen Committee meetings may not be held during the most critical period of the odour problem.
A program of twelve (12) months has the advantage of covering the full annual climate cycle likely to affect the site. It can also reduce the frequency of information meetings while ensuring enough observations for a representative observer committee.
A properly formed Citizen Committee achieves excellent community outreach. It may even invite non-members to take part in the olfactory nuisance monitoring program.
Odotech has a technological platform that lets Citizen Committee members submit observations via internet using a computer, tablet or smartphone. The resulting ability to consolidate data and statistical results is greatly enhanced.