Citizens for Clean Air launches new air monitoring program

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- There is work underway to put up more air quality monitors in the Grand Valley.

The group 'Citizens for Clean Air' wants to figure out just how much toxic air there is in the Grand Valley.

On Wednesday, a room in the Alpine Bank in downtown Grand Junction was filled with people curious about the quality of air in the Grand Valley.

"We have a population that's getting older every day that needs good air," said David Miller, the senior vice president of Alpine Bank.

"Without good data, it's really hard to make decisions, and if you don't know what the pollutants are, it's really hard to address the causes," said Kristin Win, a member of Citizens for Clean Air.

Citizens for Clean Air ordered 25 new air monitoring devices.

"We wanted to know where pollution was coming from, what was the cause and what were the levels," said Win.

The monitors will measure things like exhaust emissions and dirt, heavier and larger particulates.

"They shoot the laser beam through the air that's flowing from the outside, and it counts the particles as they go through," said Gerald Nelson with Citizens for Clean Air.

They’ve placed the monitors around the Grand Valley in order to get a comprehensive count of particulates. Some are in higher elevations or lower spots, and they stretch from Mack to Whitewater, Grand Junction and Palisade.

"We typically have very good air quality in Mesa County, we're very lucky,” said Katie Goddeyne, a spokesperson for Mesa County Public Health.

From the city's perspective, what's in the air, could help the economy.

"We're trying to attract outdoor industries, industries that cater to outdoor sports,” said City Councilmen Bennett Boeschenstein. "One way to do that is to have clean air and clean environment."

CLICK HERE to see where the current monitors are and what the air quality is around the Grand Valley.

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