It All Adds Up to Cleaner Air
More information about air quality
MVRPC’s Air Quality Awareness Program provides information about air quality in the Region and activates alerts to notify residents when air quality is expected to be poor. The Miami Valley Region is required by the federal Clean Air Act to have a plan to keep the air clean. One part of the plan calls for residents to take action to reduce air pollution. Many local industries are already doing their part by upgrading their facilities, but everyone’s help is needed to achieve clean air.
MiamiValleyAir.org provides you with basic air quality and air pollution information for Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Clark, Darke, and Preble Counties in Ohio.
For an interactive map of today's forecast in your area visit airnow.gov.
Air pollution is a combination of ground-level ozone and particle pollution and bad for your health!
There are two types of ozone:
On hot, sunny days when there is little or no wind, pollutants from vehicle emissions collect in a stagnant air mass and react in the strong sunlight to form ground-level ozone. Other gasoline-powered items, such as lawnmowers, chainsaws and weed whackers, add to the problem. Ground-level ozone is a colorless, odorless gas produced when emissions from gasoline-powered engines mix with bright sunlight. When inhaled, ground-level ozone can inflame your lungs making it difficult to breathe. It can cause coughing, throat irritation, congestion, chest pains, and aggravate asthma or breathing problems.
Another element in air pollution is particle pollution:
Particle pollution comes from many different sources including wood burning, diesel and gasoline-powered engines, factories, and power plants. This tiny matter, less than 2.5 microns in diameter, is also known as PM 2.5, and can get deep into people's lungs. When inhaled, particle pollution can damage lung tissue, aggravate asthma, bronchitis, and heart diseases - even cause premature death. Asthma is a lung disease. It can be life-threatening. Asthma is a growing threat to children and adults. Children make up 25 percent of the population and comprise 40 percent of the asthma cases. Because children's respiratory systems are still developing, they are more susceptible than adults to environmental threats. For asthmatics having an attack, the pathways of the lungs become so narrow that breathing becomes akin to sucking a thick milkshake through a straw.
The Regional Air Pollution Control Agency (RAPCA) monitors the air in the Miami Valley. If and when air pollution levels are forecasted to be high, an "Air Quality Alert" will be issued by the MVRPC in conjunction with RAPCA.
These notices will be issued the day before air pollution levels are forecasted to be elevated. Remember also, unlike ground-level ozone, particle pollution does not need sunlight to form and can reach unhealthy level at any time during the year. Consider this - colder temperatures result in more wood-burning which increases particle pollution. Therefore, an "Air Quality Alert" may be issued at any time during the year.
Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC)
937.223.6323 | www.mvrpc.org
Regional Air Pollution Control Agency (RAPCA)
937.225.4435 | www.rapca.org
National Weather Service – Wilmington
937.383.0031 | weather.gov/iln/
Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee (CCSTCC)
937.521.2128 | www.clarktcc.com
Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (GDRTA)
937.425.8300 | www.i-riderta.org
Greene CATS Public Transit
937.562.6466 | www.co.greene.oh.us
Miami County Transit
937)440-5900 | www.co.miami.oh.us
Springfield City Area Transit (SCAT)
937-328-SCAT(7228) | www.scatrideline.com
Download the Air Quality Awareness Program PDF