The Air Quality Index (AQI) is a daily report that provides information on the level of air pollution in the atmosphere. It indicates the highest level of carbon monoxide, fine particulate matter, or ozone, depending on which pollutant has the highest hourly concentration. Values greater than 100 for carbon monoxide, fine particulate matter, and ozone indicate that state and federal standards applicable to the pollutant have been exceeded. The AQI is divided into six categories: good (0-50), moderate (51-100), unhealthy for sensitive groups (101-150), unhealthy (151-200), very unhealthy (201-300), and hazardous (more than 300).Air quality has a major impact on human health, agriculture, and visibility.
To make sure that air quality standards are met or exceeded, the NFRMPO works with the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) and the Division of Air Pollution Control (APCD). The city of Fort Collins also offers programs and information to improve outdoor and indoor air quality for its residents. According to the United States Clean Air Act, any area classified as a serious violator of federal air quality standards is required to sell cleaner fuel approved by the federal government during the summer ozone season. The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission will vote before the end of December to decide whether to approve the state's implementation plan before it is approved by the state legislature. Should atmospheric conditions suggest an increase in ground-level ozone concentrations, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Regional Air Quality Council will issue an ozone warning.
Tropospheric ozone is a summer air pollution problem created when pollutants from sources such as vehicle exhaust, paints, degreasing agents, and cleaning fluids react with sunlight. While carbon monoxide levels in the region have fallen below the national standard, ozone in the region continues to exceed the national standard. The city of Fort Collins has a long-standing principle of continuously improving air quality, including identifying and implementing opportunities to reduce sources of air pollutants. The Healthy Homes program provides resources to help address indoor air quality issues related to adverse health effects by recommending low-cost or free solutions for common indoor air quality problems. The Visibility Standards Index reports on visual air quality in the Denver-Boulder metropolitan area, which encompasses seven counties. It is essential to be aware of common indoor air quality problems that can cause health problems in your home and what you can do about them.
The visibility standard is 0.076 per kilometer of atmospheric extinction, which means that 7.6 percent of the light in a kilometer of air is blocked. Do your part and be part of the solution to summer air pollution problems in North-Central Colorado!.