Every day, citizens across Idaho take action to reduce their impact on the environment. Learn what you can do to reduce pollution and improve air and water quality.
There are many ways each of us can reduce air pollution, from limiting emissions from driving, using clean fuels for home heating, operating HVAC equipment efficiently, and using electric lawn and garden equipment.
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Woodsmoke is a major source of particulate matter exposure and can contribute to cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and premature death. Pollution from woodstoves is particularly acute during winter inversions when stagnant air traps smoke in low-lying valleys. However, particulate matter can be significantly minimized by burning right:
- Burn Dry Wood
- Operate Your Stove Properly
- Maintain Your Stove
- Upgrade to an EPA-Certified Stove
- Ensure Your Stove is Professionally Installed
Vehicles emit a variety of pollutants that can impact human health and the environment. Emissions from vehicles can become highly concentrated in loading zones where they can disproportionately affect sensitive populations, including children and the elderly. We work with schools and businesses to encourage drivers to turn their vehicles off instead of idling. We provide signs, stickers, and educational materials to remind drivers to shut off their vehicles when loading or dropping off.
If you would like to participate in the Clean Air Zone Program, contact our pollution prevention coordinator.