MADISON - During the month of May, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is celebrating not only Clean Air Month but also the tenth anniversary of Air Quality Awareness Week. This makes May the ideal time to review Wisconsin's clean air record and celebrate the part we all have played in improving our state's air quality.
"Our citizens and businesses have worked together to support the
department's clean air mission, and because of this, we are all
breathing cleaner, healthier air," said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. "The
voluntary actions we all take each day will continue to support our
state's clean air."
The Clean Air Month<http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/airquality/cleanairmonth.html>
page on the DNR website includes tips for reducing air emissions, the
opportunity for the public to sign-up for air quality notices and
information on the department's annual poetry contest for third, fourth
and fifth grade students in Wisconsin.
"We want all citizens to enjoy clean air while working, living and
recreating in our state," said Gail Good, DNR Air Program director. Good
noted that the agency's December 2015 Wisconsin Air Quality Trends
Report<http://dnr.wi.gov/files/PDF/pubs/am/AM534.pdf> again showed a positive trend toward cleaner air.
Overall, Good said trends continue to show improved air quality since the 1980s. Other air program successes include:
• The Air Program is now releasing the annual Air Quality Trends
Report earlier to better align with the completion of certified data and
with more detailed information.
• The Air Program's monitoring section continues to apply
significant technological improvements to the state's monitoring
network. The updates allow DNR to improve efficiency of monitoring data
collection while measuring the quality of the air.
To learn more about voluntary actions we can take to reduce air emissions, visit the Do A Little Save a Lot<http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/airquality/italladdsup.html> page on the DNR website.