WRITER: LINDSAY RUNYAN
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: July 6, 2001
UI Hygienic Laboratory's Web site features Iowa air quality data
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory and the Iowa
Department of Natural Resources Air Quality Bureau have launched a new feature
on the Hygienic Laboratory Web site that monitors ambient (outdoor) air quality
around the state.
The Hygienic Laboratory Air Quality Section operates and maintains ambient
air monitoring stations throughout Iowa. These stations measure the levels
of air pollutants in the state. The stations are located in or near the following
cities: Clinton, Davenport, Buffalo, Muscatine, Keokuk, Keosauqua, Iowa City,
Dundee/Manchester, Mason City, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Sioux City, Sergeant
Bluff, Pisgah/Harrison County and Council Bluffs. The Linn and Polk County
Health Departments operate similar monitoring systems in their counties.
The Web site shows the air quality index readings using a simplified scale
that is a combination of color and numeric readings. The readings are calculated
individually for pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, ozone and nitrogen dioxide.
The higher the number, the more hazardous the pollutants are to your health.
"The Web site can serve as a resource for Iowa residents to determine
the air quality in their area and make decisions about what outdoor activities
are appropriate," said Jeff Wasson, Hygienic Laboratory air quality supervisor.
"It can aid special populations, such as people with asthma and heart
ailments, in making determinations regarding how long or if they should even
go outside on days with high ozone or particulate concentrations."
The Web site contains information not only about the network operated by
the Hygienic Laboratory but also links to additional sites that have real
time air data from other states and regions as well as links to educational
pages on air quality maintained by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and
To check the ambient air quality in your area, access the Hygienic Laboratory
Web site at www.uhl.uiowa.edu/Services/AirQuality/f_ambientAir.html.
If you have questions about ambient air quality or the new Web site feature,
please contact Wasson at (319) 335-4500.