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May is Clean Air Month

Committed To Clean Air

Clean air is important to human and ecosystem health. Poor air quality can affect people of all ages, especially those sensitive to air pollution, including people with asthma or heart conditions, people who work and exercise outdoors, and older adults and children. This May, DNR is celebrating Clean Air Month.

Wisconsin's air quality continues to improve. The DNR works closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), research and scientific organizations, businesses and non-profits to reduce air emissions and improve air quality across the state. Reducing emissions from vehicles and electric and gas utilities, to name a few, play a large role in air quality improvements. Citizens can also play a role in protecting and improving air quality.

Public Involvement

Air Management recently updated its public notice webpage and added new resources to improve public access to DNR permit actions, and explain public participation opportunities and how to effectively provide input during the permitting process. The program created three tables including Air permit applications under review, Air public notices of permits available for public comment and Air permit final decisions. Citizens can more easily view Air permit application information, Air public hearing dates and access to Air permit documents right from the tables.

Enhanced Ozone Monitoring

In addition to DNR’s 30 stationary air quality monitors across the state, the Air Management Program is using several other cutting-edge technologies to tackle the long-standing ground-level ozone challenges impacting areas along Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan shoreline. Using drones, Raspberry Pi micro-computers, a mobile air monitoring lab, and vertical air column monitoring techniques, DNR’s Air Management Program and its research partners are paving the way nationally for new ozone monitoring techniques and tools. This video shows the latest techniques in action.

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Get Involved

Get outside, get creative and have fun this Clean Air Month.

Stay Informed

Visit these pages and tools for more information and to sign up for notifications related to air quality in Wisconsin.

  • Current Wisconsin statewide air quality - The DNR uses weather forecasts and data from air monitoring sites to determine air quality in the state and notifies residents when pollutants reach unhealthy levels for sensitive groups such as asthmatics, children and older adults. The site includes an air quality mapping tool for the public to get up-to-date air quality information, report options and specific monitor information.
  • Download DNR's WisconsinAQM mobile app for Apple and Android devices. The app, available in the Google Play Store and the App Store, allows the public to receive air quality updates and easily view current air quality throughout the state from anywhere using their mobile device.
  • Review the Air Quality Trends happening in Wisconsin and read DNR’s annual report.
  • Visit the EPA/NOAA webpage on Air Quality Awareness week for resources and topic learning.
  • Access publications and other resources for children, teachers and adults on Air education and outreach.
  • Sign up for newsletters and notifications - The DNR uses GovDelivery to help us more efficiently manage our communications and offer more subscription options to our customers.