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Air quality 2013 Air Monitoring Report
Ambient air monitoring data collected through 2013 at Garfield County's five sites.
2013 report-|
air quality-|



wood stove
Residential woodstoves
Save money and keep the air clean by burning wood properly.
EPA Burn wise tips-|
Approved Indoor Burning Devices-|
Wood burning video-|



Radon program
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that enters homes through the ground. 40% of homes in Garfield County have tested above the EPA limit. Garfield County Public Health provides free test kits.
test kit-|      radon-|    





Tularemia - "rabbit fever"
Tularemia, or "rabbit fever", infects about 200 people a year, mostly in south-central and western states. This happens from insect bites, handling infected sick or dead animals, contaminated food or water, or airborne bacteria.
Tularemia facts-|



Weld County death - West Nile Virus
Colorado public health officials report Weld County has had the first West Nile Virus death in Colorado in 2013. As of August 26, 2013, 72 cases of WNV infections have been reported in Colorado.
local West Nile info-|




Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Reduced idling
As much as 70% of air pollution is caused by motor vehicles. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pollution from vehicles causes more than half of the carbon monoxide, a third of nitrogen oxides, and almost a quarter of the hydrocarbons in our atmosphere. Garfield County has instituted a new idling policy for county staff.



Garfield County Environmental Health is a branch of the Garfield County Public Health Department. Currently, our programs have a very limited regulatory role. Our professional staff protects public health from detrimental conditions in the environment through promotion, education, collaboration, and the evaluation of environmental health risks.

Every day we are working hard to develop environmental health services and programs that serve the needs and concerns of the residents of Garfield County.

Garfield County Environmental Health strives to attain excellence in the delivery of services we provide to the general public. Our department aspires to be recognized as a forerunner in environmental health through:

 •  Increasing community outreach and public education, thereby focusing our citizen and industry attention on prevention, rather than reaction,

 •  Improving our response time in evaluating and mitigating potential environmental health hazards in our community,

 •  Enhancing our management information system to create an effective environmental health surveillance program,

 •  Expanding our research capabilities to all fields of environmental health to enable response to prevailing and emerging public health issues,

 •  Competing successfully for limited available resources to fund innovative approaches in the provision of core public environmental health functions,

 •  Facilitating the creation of economic incentives for prevention, and,

 •  Re-establishing environmental health as an integral part of, and inseparable from, public health in Garfield County.

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Public Health - Rifle
195 West 14th Street
Rifle, CO 81650
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970-625-5200 | phone
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  Public Health - Glenwood Springs
2014 Blake Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
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970-945-6614 | phone
970-947-0155 | fax

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