The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has recently issued an air quality advisory for upstate New York, signaling potential concerns regarding the region’s air pollution levels. The advisory serves as a reminder for residents to stay informed and take necessary precautions to safeguard their health and the environment.
DEC issues air quality advisory for upstate New York
Air quality advisories are typically issued when certain atmospheric conditions, such as stagnant air, high temperatures, or the presence of pollutants, pose a risk to the air quality in a specific area. The DEC closely monitors various air quality indicators, including particulate matter, ozone levels, and other pollutants, to assess the overall health of the air in different regions.
While upstate New York is known for its picturesque landscapes and relatively cleaner air compared to urban areas, it is not immune to air quality challenges. Factors like industrial emissions, vehicular traffic, and weather patterns can contribute to the buildup of pollutants in the atmosphere, potentially impacting the health and well-being of residents.
The air quality advisory serves as a proactive measure to raise awareness among the public and encourage individuals to take actions that can help mitigate air pollution. Some of the recommended measures during an air quality advisory include:
Limiting outdoor activities during times when air quality is poor, especially for vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory conditions.
Using public transportation or carpooling to reduce vehicular emissions.
Avoiding the use of gasoline-powered equipment, such as lawn mowers and leaf blowers, which can contribute to air pollution.
Conserving energy and reducing electricity usage to minimize the reliance on power plants that generate emissions.
Ensuring proper maintenance of vehicles, including regular tune-ups and proper tire inflation, to improve fuel efficiency and reduce exhaust emissions.
The DEC works in collaboration with other agencies, organizations, and community stakeholders to address air quality concerns and develop strategies for long-term improvement. This includes implementing regulations and initiatives aimed at reducing emissions from industrial sources, promoting clean energy alternatives, and encouraging sustainable practices.
The DEC also identified high concentrations of fine particulate material in parts of the Adirondacks, Eastern Lake Ontario, central New York, New York City and Long Island. An earlier alert expiring 11:59 p.m. Monday included western New York, but that region is not included in Tuesday’s advisory.
More than 100 active wildfires in Quebec are to blame, DEC spokeswoman Lori Severino said. While the DEC sent a health advisory for Tuesday, an outlook for the rest of the week is harder to come by. Meteorologists are “watching the situation closely,” Severino said in an email.