New monitoring initiative to inform on current air quality

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - A local nonprofit is working to make air quality information more accessible.

Citizens for Clean Air has implemented tri-sensor monitors around town to watch ozone, particulates, and VOC levels… all essential in the health of the air and the people who breathe it. When air quality is bad, symptoms like coughing, sore throats, headaches can be common. Some local environmentalists say that poor air quality affects more than just the health of the individual.

“The economy here is so tied to our outdoor lifestyles and our quality of life so understanding our air quality is important to that economy. People are not going to want to come here to recreate, they aren’t going to want to locate their businesses here, they aren’t going to want to move their families here if the air quality isn’t good,” says Chris Herrman of the Western Colorado Community Foundation.

These monitors update information every two minutes and display it on an online map, so folks can see air quality information for right here, right now.

The map is available here: CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE