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The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) monitors air quality across the Valley against levels of acceptance set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air Quality Index (AQI). 

Maricopa County Air Quality Page Residents of Maricopa County

Pinal County Air Quality Page Residents of Pinal County

To report an Air Quality or Dust Control issue, contact the Town of Queen Creek. To request a Hydrant Meter for Construction Dust Control purposes, please contact Customer Service at 480.358.3450 or visit the Contractor Information page.

Why is Air Quality important?

Air quality is something that affects us all, however, active children and adults, seniors and people with medical conditions are most affected by poor air quality.

What is PM-10?

PM-10 is particulate matter that is 10 micrometers or less in diameter. These particles are very small and can invade the natural defense mechanism of the human respiratory tract, penetrating deep into the lungs. Consequently, PM-10 can cause a wide variety of harmful health effects, especially for children, the elderly and people with preexisting respiratory or cardiovascular diseases.

 

Particulate Matter GraphicWith this potential threat to human health, several groups in the Phoenix metropolitan area are implementing programs to help the area meet the Federal Clean Air Act standards for PM-10. Queen Creek Town Council adopted a resolution to implement nine measures to reduce PM-10 particulate matter in the Valley.

According to the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), Queen Creek's resolution to implement the measures made the Town the first municipality in the region to submit a list of commitments to the association for inclusion in its five-percent reduction plan addressing regional dust pollution. 

ADEQ Dust Control Forecasts

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) regularly provides air quality/dust control forecasts. 

Visit their page to view a weekly forecast for Maricopa County and Pinal County.

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