Iowans with certain health problems can now keep better tabs on air quality. The University of Iowa Hygienic Lab is now putting data on its website from air quality monitoring stations across the state. The data is collected in 15 cities and is updated every hour between 7 a-m and 9 p-m. Jeff Wasson, the Lab’s air quality supervisor, says the site uses numeric and color-coded charts to let the public know the conditions.By logging onto the site, people with respiratory problems and heart ailments can make determinations about how long –or if– they should go outside on days with high ozone or other pollutants in the air.The address is “www.uhl.uiowa.edu”. Monitoring stations are located in: Clinton, Davenport, Buffalo, Muscatine, Keokuk, Keosauqua, Iowa City, Dundee/Manchester, Mason City, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, Pisgah/Harrison County and Council Bluffs. The Linn and Polk County health departments have similar monitoring systems in their counties.
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