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Fugitive Dust Prevention and Control

“Fugitive dust” consists primarily of soil particles in the air due to wind or human activities such as excavation, demolition, and abrasive blasting.  Uncontrolled dust is not only a nuisance, but can cause other issues in terms of health, safety and aesthetics.  For example, dust can cause respiratory illness, decrease visibility, and cause damage to property and machinery.  On May 3, 2016 the City of Fort Collins City Council unanimously passed Ordinance No. 044, 2016, which amended Chapter 12 of the Code of the City of Fort Collins.  This ordinance, more commonly known as the Fugitive Dust Ordinance, creates new requirements for all owners and operators of dust generating activities to control off-property or off-vehicle transport of fugitive dust. The ordinance became effective on November 1, 2016.


Learn More About Radon

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Did you know that testing your home for radon is simple and life-saving? The City of Fort Collins encourages all citizens to test their homes for radon. The most recently calculated data tells us that approximately 500 lung cancer deaths occur yearly in Colorado due to radon exposure. Inexpensive radon test kits are available at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr., and the Fort Collins Development Review Center, 281 N. College Ave.  Air Quality Loans are also available to help residents who need to install a radon mitigation system or to upgrade an inefficient wood stove or fireplace. Learn more about radon today!

Clear the Air with a Zero Interest Air Quality Loan

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The City of Fort Collins is offering Air Quality Loans of $1,000 to $10,000* to Fort Collins residents for the following home improvements:  

  • Install a radon mitigation system,
  • Upgrade an inefficient wood stove or fireplace, or
  • Remediate mold. 

*Offer subject to availability.

Receive a FREE Home Health Assessment Today!

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The Healthy Homes program is a free, volunteer-driven program that helps families improve the indoor air quality of their homes. Through awareness and education, the Healthy Homes program provides low-cost or no-cost solutions that help residents create a healthier home. Residents can request to have (2) certified Master Home Educators conduct a FREE healthy home assessment. The assessment focuses on biological pollutants, chemical contaminants, and safety hazards and residents can receive conservation gifts that promote sustainability in their home. Call (970) 416-2832 to sign-up for an assessment today!

Say No to Idling and Breathe Easy

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Motor vehicles are the number one contributor to the brown cloud in Fort Collins. Wondering if car idling makes a difference to your health, wallet, and the environment? Check out our Breathe Easy-Just Say No to Idling website and our Breathe Easy YouTube Video

2011 Air Quality Plan

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Fort Collins' Air Quality Plan provides policy direction and high level strategies that guide the City's progress toward continually improving Fort Collins' air quality. The principles and policies in the 2011 Air Quality Plan were developed as part of the extensive year-long goal to update the overall City Plan, as well as the Transportation Master Plan.

2011 Air Quality/Recycling Survey (PDF) (PDF)

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1,525 randomly selected citizens were surveyed during the summer of 2011 about air quality and recycling beliefs and actions. The survey had a 30% response rate. Results generally indicate strong support for environmental programs and showed an improvement in awareness/participation above the 2007 survey results.

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