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Air Quality Monitoring Network

Air Quality Monitoring Network
Outdoor air is one of the most valuable resources for current and future generations because it provides essential gases to sustain life while also shielding the Earth from harmful radiation. Air pollution and toxins can compromise human health and the environment in many ways! 
The Division of Energy & Environment has introduced a network of air quality monitors to be stationed around the County. The new system will provide real-time tracking of fine particulate matter concentrations in our air.
Why Is Particulate Matter Bad?
Fine particulate matter are microscopic solids or liquid droplets that are small enough to be inhaled and go deep into the lungs and bloodstream, causing serious health problems. Examples of fine particulate matter include smoke, diesel fumes and industrial by-products air contaminants. 
Air Quality Effects Everyone Differently

Air quality concerns can vary significantly within a region. DEE has initiated this project to track local air pollution, especially in high-risk regions and where people may not be able to respond to air quality problems. Neighborhoods bordering industrial operations can be continually exposed to particulates in the air. And those who live or work near busy roads may breathe in many different pollutants regularly. 

Our Goal
DEE's goal of this project is to better understand the air quality of specific areas in Frederick County and to make that information readily accessible to the public. Residents can use the information to make informed decisions on their households' outdoor activity levels and a platform to advocate for better air quality in their community.

Want to check the air quality? Use the real-time online map!
Air Quality Sensor Map

What Do the Air Quality Color Indicators Mean?
AQI Explain