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Air Quality

Outdoor Air Quality#

Outdoor air pollution is influenced by local, regional and even global sources, as pollutants in the air can be widely distributed and transported. Pollution sources that affect outdoor air quality include those related to human activities, such as operating gas and diesel vehicles, coal-fired power generation and other residential, commercial and industrial activities, or naturally occurring from sources such as wildfires and windblown dust.

Outdoor Air Quality Programs#

The City offers the following programs and information  to improve outdoor air quality for Fort Collins residents.

Vehicle Idling

Vehicle Idling

The City conducts anti-vehicle idling campaigns aimed at reducing unnecessary idling and associated engine emissions.

Outdoor Burning

Outdoor Burning

City code prohibits public air pollution nuisances. This code was updated in 2019 to add specific requirements for nuisances related to outdoor wood burning fires.

Lawn and Garden

Lawn and Garden Equipment

Find out about the City's residential rebate program and efforts to convert from gas to electric lawn and garden equipment.

Ozone

Ozone

The City is planning for ozone attainment by working locally to reduce pollution from sources such as gas and diesel vehicles and engines, and collaborating regionally to decrease transported pollution.

Wildfire Smoke

Wildfire Smoke

Prepare for air quality impacts that may come from a changing climate, which can lead to increases in extreme events such as wildfires that can impact air quality locally and regionally.

Oil and Gas

Oil and Gas

The City supports reductions in emissions from oil and gas production and development, and collaborates regionally on strategies to reduce emissions.

Fugitive Dust

Fugitive Dust

A Fugitive Dust Ordinance, adopted in 2016 and updated in 2018, requires owners and operators of dust generating activities to incorporate best management practices to reduce off-property transport of fugitive dust.