11/16/2006

Air Quality

As winter weather moves along the front range, we become more conscious of air pollution --the frequency of ozone and air quality warnings increase in the news, and it is not uncommon to see the occasional haze around our city skyline.
The Air Pollution Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment web site, http://apcd.state.co.us/ , has a lot of interesting information. You can check current air quality conditions, read the daily advisory report, look at EPA ozone maps, and access wildfire information. The division operates a web-based camera showing a live image of the city so you can check visibility from your desktop. The Air Pollution Control Division has recently released the 2005 Colorado Air Quality Data Report. This report includes data from air monitoring stations across the state, with breakdowns of pollutant concentrations, particulate graphs, and charts of wind patterns for each area. Comparisons with cities across the nation are also included. The report can be found online: http://apcd.state.co.us/documents/2005AnnualDataReport.pdf
If you are interested in researching the change in Colorado air quality over time, the library has issues going back to 1979.

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