On Basin Now
Thanks to live air quality data for the Uintah Basin, provided by the USU Bingham Research Center, any Basin resident can stay up to date on air quality. So far this winter, air quality has not been cause for much concern but that doesn’t mean it won’t be as the winter rolls on. TriCounty Health Director Jordan Mathis explains that an inversion is kind of like putting a lid on the Basin and poor air quality increases as pollutants are pumped out and become trapped. During times of poor air quality, limiting emissions literally limits the pollutants trapped in the air that Basin residents are breathing. Mathis says this means it becomes important to limit the use of wood stoves and limit vehicle emissions, especially from idling. Currently, ozone and particulate matter readings for locations around the Basin are within the Good range with one Moderate measurement currently in Vernal. To keep an eye out for if and when air quality enters Unhealthy levels, visit ubair.usu.edu. You can also sign up for email alerts and link through www.tricountyhealth.com.