It’s been one smokey summer and with the burn season starting Saturday after a full summer of fire restrictions, some are worried conditions could return to what we’ve seen earlier in the year.
“We’ve just come out of a really bad, terrible summer as far as air quality and smoke is concerned. We’ve had air quality in the hazardous sections”, says Karen Sjoberg with Citizens for Clean Air.
While some requirements are necessary to purchase burn permits in city limits, Citizens for Clean Air says they believe another alternative will provide better results by utilizing compost options such as mulch and chipping.
“Alternatives for people are most certainly composting. Yard debris and kitchen scraps can be used in a backyard compost. It’s a much better way to get rid of that stuff. The Mesa County Landfill offers free drop-offs for compost materials”, says Sjoberg.
Mesa County even has a site dedicated to compost options south of Clifton near Whitewater. It’s just one of the locations Citizens for Clean Air recommends checking out if you’re looking to put, as the group claims, more nutrients back in your garden’s soil. The benefit of this is that there’s no need for a burn permit and no need to burn at all.
For those sensitive to poor air quality with asthma, COPD, and other respiratory issues, there’s an easy way to check the air in your area.
“We have monitors in Mesa County and we monitor three different parameters. Our air monitors in Mesa County capture PM2.5 which represents the fine particles, we also monitor for what’s considered the coarse particles which are PM10. We have one ozone monitor as well”, says Monique Mulls the Program Director for Mesa County Public Health.
A link to our broadcast that provides directions on how to use the air quality monitors can be found by clicking here.