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7-23-14: BLOWING DUST IS IMPACTING THE NIPOMO AREA

The San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) and County Public Health Department are advising the public of deteriorating air quality in the Oceano Dunes/Nipomo Mesa area due to blowing dust and sand. Blowing sand and dust is forecasted to occur Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 24 from 11 am to 7 pm, with the dust forecasted to peak from 1 pm to 6 pm. Very sensitive individuals such as infants, as well as children and adults with existing respiratory or heart conditions may experience adverse health effects during blowing dust periods.

County officials recommend that the public reschedule outdoor activities to occur when there is no visible dust. If blowing dust and sand is visible in the air, County officials recommend all adults and children avoid strenuous outdoor activity, remain indoors as much as possible, and set any heating/air conditioning/ventilation systems to recirculation. The public is advised to consult your doctor if you are experiencing health problems in an area with blowing dust and sand. If staying indoors does not provide relief, temporarily leaving the area and going to a location where the sand is not blowing and dust is not visible, is advised.

County officials will continue to closely monitor air pollution levels throughout our region, as forecasts can change. Current air quality conditions and air quality forecasts for San Luis Obispo County are available to the public via the APCD website www.slocleanair.org/air/AirForcasting_map3.php. The forecasted AQI is also available to the public via email. Sign up to receive the daily air quality forecast via email by visiting http://www.slocleanair.org/air/AirForcasting.php. A recorded message describing San Luis Obispo County air quality conditions is available by calling (805) 781-4390.

7-2-14: Fireworks Propt Caution: Celebrations Can Increase Air Pollution

The San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) encourages everyone to have an enjoyable and safe July 4 holiday. Simultaneously, the Air District officials want to remind Central Coast residents that fireworks increase levels of dangerous particulate matter (PM) and pose a health threat. 

July 4 fireworks can temporarily increase air pollution in local areas.  The APCD advises individuals that will be near neighborhood fireworks and large fireworks displays to take appropriate cautionary measures as individual health conditions dictate. 
 
Fireworks release large qualities of PM, such as soot, ash, and metals. During prime time for fireworks displays (i.e., 8-10 p.m.) significant increases in levels of particulate pollution are possible, especially in areas with substantial fireworks activity and stagnant weather conditions. Although these levels may dissipate by midnight, elevated pollution concentrations can last until morning if wind conditions are stagnant.
 
Particle pollution can cause serious health impacts, especially to people with heart or lung disease, elderly individuals, and small children. Residents should use common sense and take precautions to reduce the harmful health effects associated with increased air pollution from fireworks. These precautions are especially important for people with existing respiratory or heart conditions. If you are impacted by local air quality conditions, remain indoors as much as possible, and set the air conditioning/ventilation systems to recirculation. Consult your medical professional if you are experiencing health problems. 
 
Current air quality conditions and air quality forecasts for San Luis Obispo County are available to the public via the APCD website www.slocleanair.org/air/AirForcasting_map3.php  The forecasted AQI is also available to the public via email. Sign up to receive the daily air quality forecast via email by visiting http://www.slocleanair.org/air/AirForcasting.php A recorded message describing San Luis Obispo County air quality conditions is available by calling (805) 781-4390.

 

Other 2014 Press Releases

6-24-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust is Impacting the Nipomo Mesa

6-17-14: Bike to the Blues Baseball Game and the First 200 Get in Free!

5-28-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area, Wed, May 28 - Sunday June 1

5-16-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area, Saturday, May 17 - Monday, May 19

5-14-14: May 16 is Bike to Work Day! Join Us and Visit an Energizer Station in Your Community

5-2-14: Be a Savvy Commuter & Enjoy Clean Air

5-2-14: Hop On Your Bike - May is Bike Month!

4-30-14: Walk Somewhere Wednesdays

4-29-14: Be Air Aware

4-28-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

4-28-14: Air Quality Awareness Week - What Do You Know About Your Local Air Quality?

4-22-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo Area

3-26-14: Air District Board Reaches Agreement with State Parks

3-17-14: Better Breater Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo area

3-10-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo Area

3-6-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo Area

3-3-14: Backyard Burn Season Begins

2-19-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo Area

1-22-14: Air Quality Alert - Air quality has deteriorated due to stagnant conditions

1-8-14: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts on the Nipomo Mesa

 

2013 Press Releases 

 12-18-13: Air Quality Alert - Deteriorating Air Quality Due to Fire Impacts

10-1-13: Bike & Pedestrian Breakfast to Celebrate Rideshare Month 2013

9-30-13: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo Mesa

9-25-13: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo Mesa

9-20-13: School Bus Grant Program Launched in SLO County

9-17-13: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Mesa

7-31-13: Smoke from Wildfires Impacts SLO County Air Quality

7-23-13: Notice of Meeting Cancellation

6-18-13: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

5-29-13: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacting the Nipomo Area

5-28-13: Camp Roberts Prescribed Burn Scheduled for Wedesday, May 29, 2013

5-28-13: Get on Your Bike and Join the Group Commute

5-22-13: Better Breather Alert - Blowing Dust Impacts the Nipomo Mesa

5-3-13:  Air Quality Alert - Deteriorating air quality due to wildfire impacts

4-25-13: Fire Season Begins Dooryard Burnining Suspend

4-22-13: Judge Crandall Rules in Support of APCD's Dust Rule

4-17-13: Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact Nipomo Area

4-16-13: Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

4-12-13: Blowing Dust Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

4-9-13: Blowing Dust Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

4-2-13: Blowing Dust Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

3-21-13 Blowing Dust Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

3-18-13 Change in Air Quality Index Scale for Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5)

1-14-13 Air Quality Deteriorated Due to Stagnant Conditions

1-10-13 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

1-7-13 South County Community Monitoring Project Public Meeting

 

2012 Press Releases

9-14-12 Odor Advisory

7-10-12 Ozone Levels Expected to Result in Exceedance of Federal Air Quality Standard, Poor Air Quatliy is Forecasted to Impact Eastern San Luis Obispo County

6-26-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

6-07-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

6-05-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

5-29-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact teh Nipomo Area- Exceedance of Federal Air Qualtiy Standards Forecasted for Upcoming Weekend

5-24-12 Blowing Dust Expected to Result in Exceedance of Federal Air Quality Standards

5-21-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

5-09-12 Bike-In Movie and Free Breakfast

5-04-12 Bring the Energy Savings Home

5-03-12 Use Your Purchase Power & Save

5-02-12 Energy Conservation – It Saves

5-01-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

5-01-12 Clean Up Your Commute

4-30-12 Be Air Aware

4-27-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area

4-16-12 Blowing Dust is Forecasted to Impact the Nipomo Area Through Thursday

4-09-12 "When We Communte" Music Video Hornored with Two Awards at the Santa Barbara Green Shorts Film Festival 

3-27-12 Music Video Featuring Percy the Penguin and Mr. Eco

 

2011 Press Releases

08-31-11 South County Particulate Matter Workshop

06-21-11 New Grant Programs Replace Old Tractors, Construction Equipment and Heavy-Duty Trucks

02-18-11 Agencies Embrace Streamlined Approach to Reduce Particulate Matter from Oceano Dunes

02-16-11 Grant Workshop Hosted by APCD and the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition, February 24, 2011

02-10-11 Climate Protection Curriculum Shared with SLO County Schools

 

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