Air quality

October 9, 2015

2015 Walk to School Day!

By: Safe Routes to School Instructors Abigail Slingsby, Jennifer Fox-Colwell, and Terri Wenzlaff Wednesday, October 14th is Walk to School Day! (We hear the groans already.) You might say… Why do I have to walk to school? Why should I walk or ride with my child to school? And we […]
August 14, 2014

What makes a healthy community?

We want to hear from you. What factors contribute to a healthy community? What can we do better? Leave a comment at the end of this post with answers to these questions:    What does the term “healthy community” mean to you? When you think of a healthy community, what […]
March 17, 2014

A whole lot of elm pollen

By Ed Brotsky / Mesa County Health Department   The first pollen sample for the year was recently collected in Mesa County and contained a mere half dozen pollen grains per cubic meter of air sampled. Fast forward only three days, and that number skyrocketed into the high category for […]
March 4, 2014

It’s allergy time again

By Ed Brotsky / Mesa County Health Department Ah, the sounds of spring: Birds chirping, afternoon rainstorms, flies buzzing… and lots of sneezing.   With the warmer temperatures, many plants are wasting no time emerging from their winter slumber. As a result, there’s no shortage of red, itchy eyes and […]
February 17, 2014

Do you know the current air quality conditions?

By Ed Brotsky / Mesa County Health Department Last time around, we looked at using the Air Quality Index as a tool to interpret the oftentimes confusing world of air pollution and personal health. As we know, air pollution comes in many different forms, and each type can have different […]
January 28, 2014

Air quality index – an indispensable tool

By Edward Brotsky/Mesa County Health Department   Air pollution comes in many forms, and keeping track of all of them can be a confusing task. Different types of pollution come from different sources, have different health effects, and each has its own thresholds for when health warnings are triggered. To […]
January 21, 2014

Learn When to Burn

By Edward Brotsky/Mesa County Health Department In winter, the Grand Valley becomes subject to thermal inversions and their associated high levels of fine particle pollution. Cold, stagnant air allows for the buildup of pollution over time, particularly from wood-burning smoke and vehicle exhaust. The longer the duration of the inversion, […]
January 3, 2014

Let’s Talk About Air Quality

By Edward Brotsky/Mesa County Health Department Hello, new readers, and welcome to my blog here at Healthy Mesa County. I work in the Air Quality program at the Mesa County Health Department, an area I have been involved in since 2006. Any and all topics that relate to air quality […]