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The City of Fort Collins Installs Air Quality Monitoring Bench at the Gardens on Spring Creek

Released on Friday, April 12, 2019
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FORT COLLINS, CO – On April 15, 2019 at 3 p.m. the City of Fort Collins will unveil a new ozone monitoring exhibit in a newly expanded area at the Gardens on Spring Creek. The exhibit includes a bench structure with built in air monitors measuring ozone, particulate matter, and weather conditions. The exhibit also includes information about the health and ecosystem impacts of ozone, and will include an ozone garden, consisting of plants that can show damage from high ozone.

High ozone is a concern in Fort Collins and along the Front Range, as summertime measurements are often higher than federal health-based standards. Elevated levels of ozone can cause symptoms that include stinging eyes and throat, chest pains, coughing and respiratory distress. Those at highest risk include some of our most sensitive and vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, and people with lung or heart conditions. Just as ozone can affect people, high ozone can also damage plants and even reduce crop yields.

This exhibit provides a new way for our community to participate in science and learn about local air quality. The real-time data measured by the station can be used in projects by citizen scientists, students, community organizations and researchers to understand air quality and how air pollution can impact our community. Data from this site, and other air quality monitoring sites in Fort Collins, can be viewed in real time online at fcgov.com/AQdata. You can also visit this website to sign up for summertime ozone alerts, just in time for ozone season – which begins on June 1.

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