Today- June 2 – has been declared a Clean Air Action Day. This includes the lakeshore counties, plus all counties along and south of a line from Muskegon to Flint.
As I type this, the state air quality meteorologists have not decided on whether tomorrow (Sat.) will be a Clean Air Action Day. I’ll update this thread tonight (I’ll be emceeing the City Stage at Festival this evening 5-10 pm)
And…there’s a Clean Air Action Day for the lakeshore counties of Northwest Michigan from Mason to Leelanau and Grand Traverse Counties. It also includes much of NE Indiana and the Cleveland Area.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has declared this Friday June 2 to be an Action Day for elevated levels of ozone. Pollutants are expected to be in the unhealthy for sensitive groups. People and businesses are urged to avoid activities which lead to ozone formation. These activities include refueling vehicles or topping off when refueling, using gasoline powered lawn equipment, and using charcoal lighter fluid. Positive activities include car pooling, biking to work, delaying or combining errands, and using water based paints. It is recommended that active children and adults, and persons with respiratory diseases such as asthma, limit prolonged outdoor exertion. There's an interactive map where you can see current air quality at dozens of air monitoring stations throughout Michigan.
In partnership with Grand Valley Metropolitan Council, The Rapid is awarded a certain amount of Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds each year. We dedicate a portion of these funds to Clean Air Action Days to encourage our community to use transportation alternatives, in an effort to keep our air clean and healthy. To learn more about Clean Air Action Days, please visit: wmcac.org/. You can check the status of air quality and whether or not a Clean Air Action Day has been declared at wmcac.org/todays-forecast.
Free bus rides are also offered on Clean Air Action Days on the Macatawa Area Express in the Holland/Zeeland Area (fixed routes only).
Stay cool out there, everyone!