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New Air Quality Monitoring System

Local organizations roll out new air quality monitoring system

MESA COUNTY, Colo. - Even though you cannot see them, most of the air we breathe is packed with particulates. So, a few local groups have teamed up to test our air quality across the Grand Valley.

On April 18, Citizens for Clean Air launched a new way to monitor air quality, because they believed there was a need to collect more data on particulates. "What can we do about our air quality? And one of the things that we discovered was there really wasn't a lot of data on exactly what the pollutants were, and where they were coming from, and what parts of the Valley might have more or less pollution," said Kristin Winn of Citizens for Clean Air.

They have placed several Purple Air Monitors throughout Mesa County already. "We have purchased 25 of these monitors, we have the first 11 already mounted on residences around town," said Winn.

The Purple Air Monitors have been made possible by several agencies, including Citizens for Clean Air, Conservation Colorado, and Alpine Bank. Alpine Bank will be using five of those monitors to place one on each of their locations. "What it means to the bank, simply, is that we're providing a mechanism to help all of us, individually and collectively, stay healthy," said David Miller, the senior vice president and green team chair for Alpine Bank.

They have many future goals for this project. They hope to collaborate with local health officials and School District 51 about the air quality results. "One of my personal goals would be to have an air quality monitor on every school in the Grand Valley," said Winn.

Those behind the program are excited to learn more about air quality on the Western Slope. "It's wonderful that we're all working together to collect data that can help us out with our public health and individual health," said Miller.

Those with Citizens for Clean Air hope to work with local governments to find ways to reduce the amount of particulates in the air. They expect all of the monitors to be up and running within one to two months.

To check on the 11 monitors they have already placed around the Grand Valley, visit purpleair.com.

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