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:
And a great interactive map:
Official air quality pages for AirNow (EPA-funded), WA, and OR are:
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|