Ambient air monitoring study
In 2005, Garfield County invested in, and embarked upon, a two-year air quality monitoring study to begin characterizing ambient air quality in the County. The study focused on characterizing air quality from Glenwood Springs to Parachute in order to gather and establish some initial baseline measurements. Ambient air quality has been characterized with specific attention to particulate matter of 10 microns or less (PM10) and volatile organic compounds (VOC).
The intent of the study has not been to replace existing agency or industry programs, but rather provide supplemental information characterizing the county air quality as a whole. Our efforts have been designed to meet the concerns of the Garfield County public, dovetailing with the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) as well as local industry air quality sampling efforts.
We believe our data is a critical piece toward developing comprehensive information regarding air quality in an effort to assist the County to make strong decisions with regard to managing air quality impacts from growth.
We invite you to check out the links above to gain a better understanding of the specific elements of this project.