The air we breathe in many U.S. cities is being polluted by activities, such as driving cars and trucks, burning coal, oil, and other fossil fuels, and manufacturing chemicals. Air pollution can also come from smaller, everyday activities such as dry cleaning, filling your car with gas, and degreasing and painting operations. These activities add gases and particles to the air we breathe.
When these gases and particles accumulate in the air in high enough concentrations, they can harm us and our environment. More people in cities and surrounding counties means more cars, trucks, industrial and commercial operations, and generally means more pollution. The graphic below illustrates air pollution sources, their transport and transformation, and some of the resources that are affected by air pollution.
The Garfield County Environmental Health Department invites you to browse the links above to learn more about the variety of projects for which we have embarked to manage air quality in Garfield County.