Air quality resources around #ESA2017 and the Pacific Northwest @esa_org

Because the air is regionally quite bad and a few thousand people are traveling to Portland from around the world, I sent the following to the ESA's Ecolog list-serv. Fortunately, the Northwest is blessed with proactive agencies that make public health events like "Smokezilla" manageable to prepare for and learn about.

Real-time air-quality map from Friday, August 4th, 2017.

For those interested in air conditions around ESA, nearby Washington State Department of Ecology has a great public communications team that is blogging through the smoke season:
http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/
https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/airhome.html
http://www.oregon.gov/DEQ/AQ/Pages/default.aspx

https://www.epa.gov/air-research/smoke-sense-study-citizen-science-project-using-mobile-app

And a great interactive map:
Official air quality pages for AirNow (EPA-funded), WA, and OR are:
https://airnow.gov/

Additionally, the EPA has an app that will allow you to document any smoke-related health issues that arise as a part of their ongoing Smoke Sense study. You can read more and download their app for Android from the link below. 

If you benefit from these publicly-funded smoke and public health-related initiatives while at ESA 2017, it may be timely for you to let your elected officials know.

For an on-the-ground example of air quality conditions, check out the paired photos below:

Wedge Mountain, Leavenworth, WA - January 2017

Wedge Mountain, Leavenworth, WA - August 2, 2017