Air Quality Monitoring Project

About the Project

The Air Quality Monitoring Project will be conducted by Archuleta County Public Health Department (ACPHD) and Fort Lewis College (FLC) to evaluate the air quality in La Plata, Archuleta, and San Juan counties.

Numerous sources of particulate and ozone pollution are possible given the region’s geographic and climatic setting, and human activities. Ozone and particulate matter have been shown to have a negative impact on human and environmental health. A 2019 study of ozone pollution by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), suggested that the northern Animas River corridor between the regional hub of Durango, and the isolated mountain community of Silverton, sees elevated ozone levels in summer. Particulate matter pollution in the region is primarily associated with dust storms and wildfires, which are becoming more frequent due to global climate change. Air sensors will be placed throughout the 3 counties and measure levels of ozone and particulate matter from summer 2024 through winter 2025.

Interested in having an air sensor installed in your neighborhood or place of work? We want to hear from you! Please email Project Manager Amy Nitchman or call 970-264-2409.

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Contact Us

  1. Amy Nitchman
    Health Educator, Air Quality Project Manager
    970-264-2409
    Email Amy Nitchman