The Mesa County Health Department is able to continue its' Air Quality Monitoring Program thanks to help from Housing Resources of Western Colorado. Last fall, a critical piece of equipment at the 7th Street and Pitkin Avenue measuring air particulates failed and Mesa County couldn't afford to pay for the full $14,000 cost of the instrument.
Housing Resources was able to provide half the cost of the machine, using funds received from the federal government stemming from an air–quality lawsuit settlement.
Currently, the downtown location is the only Air Quality Monitoring Station in the Grand Valley, but the health department hopes to eventually put stations in Fruita and Clifton to get a better idea of air pollution in the valley.
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