They're giving drivers warnings about air quality, and are meant to protect the air you breathe.
"It's one of those things that
you can look and see and the day looks clear," says Barbara Lucks, Interim
Sustainability Officer for the City of
"We're beginning to inch toward
that spot where we're going to see air quality problems in
"We don't want to reach a point where we become non-attainment, which can have negative economic impacts, health impacts and as a transportation agency, it could dictate and influence how we plan for major expansion projects," says Andrew Seiler, Senior Transportation Planner for MoDOT Springfield.
According to Airnow.gov,
"For anyone with a compromised immune system or perhaps someone who is elderly or infants certainly someone with respiratory or pulmonary problems, it can be problematic," says Lucks.
As the EPA continues to find more evidence linking air quality and certain health problems, the standard of air quality will get tighter and the need for protection will be more important.
"When you see one of the days coming up that we think we may be experiencing a high level of ozone, then we're alerting people if there's any way they can drive less that day would help us," says Lucks.
Monitoring stations are located across the Ozarks to measure air quality. The stations forecast levels daily.
When air quality advisories are
posted, there are steps you can take to help protect
-Carpool with coworkers
-Use the city's bus system more often
-Fuel your car in the evenings when the weather is cooler because the hot weather contributes to pollutants
-When running errands, cut down on driving by combining trips instead of taking several a day