Walk, Bike, Carpool or Bus - Clean Air is up to Us!
This program is supported in part by funds generated
by the AB 2766 Motor Vehicle Surcharge Funding Program. Fees from this
program must be used exclusively by local Air Pollution Control Boards
to reduce air pollution from motor vehicles and for related planning,
monitoring, enforcement, and technical studies necessary for the
implementation of the California Clean Air Act of 1988.
Practical Tips for Cleaner
How clean is our air?
The air in Shasta County is pretty healthy most of the
time. That's one of the reasons it's such a nice place to live! However,
as nice as our air seems to be, we do have a couple of air pollution
problems. One problem occurs during the summer, and the other one occurs
during the winter.
During the warmer months - especially on hot, calm summer
days - we sometimes experience unhealthful levels of "smog". Smog is
formed when pollutants react in the hot summer sun to form "ozone".
Ozone is a strong irritant that attacks the lungs and causes burning of
the eyes. Cars emit two-thirds of ozone-forming pollutants in Shasta
During the cooler months, we sometimes experience
unhealthful levels of small, airborne smoke and dust particles. These
particles can be inhaled deep into the lungs and cause health problems,
especially for people with asthma and lung diseases. This smoke and dust
gets into the air when people burn wood to heat their homes, and when
they burn yard and agricultural waste.
What can you do to help improve our air
During the summer:
- Drive less, and use alternatives to the automobile. For
- Ride a bike
- Take the bus
- Carpool with family or friends
- Plan trips to town and consolidate errands
During the winter:
Citizens can call 245-6494 (local) or
(888)249-7664 (toll-free long distance) to report vehicles emitting
excessive tailpipe emissions. They will be greeted by a voice-mail
message indicating the information requested when reporting a smoking
vehicle, which asks the following:
- What is the vehicle's license number?
- What is the make and model of the vehicle, if known?
- What is the date and approximate time the vehicle was
- What is the street and city where the vehicle was seen?
For more information on air quality
awareness programs, contact the Community Education Section at (530)
225-5789 or (800)528-2850.