Floyd County Government has partnered with the Clean Air Campaign in an effort to reduce traffic and protect our citizens from the harmful effects of air pollution. Clean air means a healthier environment for our citizens to work and play.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) is a measure of how clean or polluted your air is and what health effects might be a concern for you. The AQI focuses on health effects you may experience within a few hours or days after breathing polluted air. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculates the AQI for five major air pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act:
- ground-level ozone
- particle pollution (also known as particulate matter)
- carbon monoxide
- sulfur dioxide
- nitrogen dioxide
For each of these pollutants, EPA has established national air quality standards to protect public health. Ground-level ozone and airborne particles are the two pollutants that pose the greatest threat to human health in this country. Often, news media will report air quality as being a a color, such as orange or yellow. Below is a chart that shows just what those colors mean.
|Air Quality Index (AQI) Values||Levels of Health Concern||Colors|
|0 to 50||Good||Green|
|51 to 100||Moderate||Yellow|
|101 to 150||Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups||Orange|
|151 to 200||Unhealthy||Red|
|201 to 300||Very Unhealthy||Purple|
|301 to 500||Hazardous||Maroon|
What is The Clean Air Campaign®?
The Clean Air Campaign
- motivates commuters to use other ways to travel to work, events, and school, such as carpooling, teleworking, vanpooling, taking transit, biking and walking.
- partners with employers to develop customized programs that motivate and make it easier for their employees to use commute alternatives.
- works with schools to educate and involve our next generation of citizens to participate in solutions to our traffic and air pollution problems.