It All Adds Up to Cleaner Air
More information about air quality
MVRPC’s Air Quality Awareness Program was developed as a public education/behavior modification program in an effort to inform the Miami Valley Region and Springfield residents about air pollution issues and how their behavior can impact not only the Region's air quality, but also traffic congestion.
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 or click here
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 makeup 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.
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. There are several agencies working in the Miami Valley and all of Southwest Ohio to try to protect our air. Members of the Miami Valley Air Quality Awareness Program included the following:
The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC)
The Regional Air Pollution Control Agency (RAPCA)
(937) 225-4435 www.rapca.org
The Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee (CCSTCC)
(937) 521-2128 www.clarktcc.com
The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (GDRTA)
Greene CATS Public Transit
(937) 562-6466 www.co.greene.oh.us
Miami County Transit
The Springfield City Area Transit (SCAT)
Download the Air Quality Awareness Program PDF