On the road  to cleaner air.

Know the difference between "good" and "bad" ozone?

Ozone in the upper atmosphere protects us from the sun's harmful radiation. Ozone in the lower atmosphere - the air we breathe - causes health concerns. In fact, the federal government sets limits on ground-level ozone to protect human health and the environment.

Although there are other types of air pollution, this site focuses on ground-level ozone and answers such questions as:

  1. What's today's air quality?
  2. How does ozone affect health?
  3. What causes ozone?
  4. How do clean air measures save me money?

We've got the scoop!

Air Out There

Today's air quality is influenced by the weather, such as wind speed and direction, and by the pollution that enters the air from our activities and those upwind from us. Some activities that create pollution are operating vehicles, mowing lawns, and pumping gasoline.

Air Pollution Affects Health

Ozone causes breathing difficulties and is particularly harmful to children, people who are active outdoors, and those with breathing ailments such as asthma. Breathing ozone may cause coughing, throat, irritation, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Avoid the health consequences of ozone by reviewing the daily ozone forecast and minimizing outdoor activities on air alert days. Access the links below for more information.

Air Quality and Health

AQHA Notification System

Air Quality Index

Air Now