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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Wisconsin celebrates Clean Air Month and a decade of Air Quality Awareness Week

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.

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