In Your Neighborhood

This section is devoted to sources of pollution in your neighborhoods. Seven out of 100 children have asthma. Other air pollution-sensitive groups include the elderly, those with compromised heart or lungs, athletes and outdoor workers who perform strenuous activities.

Idling your car in the driveway needlessly, burning leaves, using inefficient wood burning stoves or fireplaces, or burning trash in a backyard barrel could send a person living across the street, next door, cattycorner or someone in your household to the doctor or emergency room. Do your part to care for those in your neighborhood. Reduce unnecessary air pollution.

To report an environmental concern you must contact your local Iowa DNR field office.


Clearing the Air – Good News for Public Health and Iowa’s Economy

While you play your part in clearing the air in Iowa, large industries have improved air quality dramatically — decreasing pollution emissions from six common air pollutants by 41 percent since 1990. Even better news, two air pollutants that contribute to ground-level ozone and airborne particles — the pollutants that pose the greatest threat to human health — have decreased significantly. Sulfur dioxide emissions are down 60 percent and nitrogen oxides are down 43 percent. At the same time, Iowa’s gross domestic product soared (up by 210 percent), energy consumption increased by 59 percent, vehicle miles traveled climbed by 43 percent and population gained by 12 percent. Attaining good air quality protects public health, allows existing facilities to expand and attracts new industry to Iowa.


Graphical chart: While you play your part in clearing the air in Iowa, large industries have improved air quality dramatically — decreasing pollution emissions from six common air pollutants by 41 percent since 1990. Even better news, two air pollutants that contribute to ground-level ozone and airborne particles — the pollutants that pose the greatest threat to human health — have decreased significantly. Sulfur dioxide emissions are down 60 percent and nitrogen oxides are down 43 percent. At the same time, Iowa’s gross domestic product soared (up by 210 percent), energy consumption increased by 59 percent, vehicle miles traveled climbed by 43 percent and population gained by 12 percent. Attaining good air quality protects public health, allows existing facilities to expand and attracts new industry to Iowa.

Clearing the Air - Good News for Public Health and Iowa's Economy [Printer Friendly]

Learn more about...

+ Air Quality Land Use Planning
+ Corn Burning Stoves
+ Firework Displays
+ Idling Awareness
+ Residential Wood Burning
+ Smoking Vehicles