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Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

What does this measure?

The percentage of days for which air quality was monitored and found to be good, indicating healthy air both for sensitive groups, such as people with asthma, and for the population as a whole. The Air Quality Index (AQI) summarizes levels of ground-level ozone, particulate matter (soot and other particles), carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide into one measure.

Why is this important?

Exposure to these pollutants can cause short-term health effects such as irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and shortness of breath. Continued exposure can also worsen medical conditions such as asthma and heart disease.

How is our region performing?

In 2017, 86% of days in Monroe were healthy air days, up from 68% in 2000. Wayne was at 94% in 2017, up slightly from 92% in 2000. In Monroe, the year with the fewest healthy air days was 2001, at 63%, while in Wayne it was in 2007, at 78%. The most common pollutant for both counties is ozone. Seneca County, which only monitors sulfur dioxide, was at 100% in 2017 the first year of data available.

Notes about the data

Counties monitor air for different reasons: Monroe County monitors the presence of ozone, sulfur dioxide and a variety of pollutants in its air due to the presence of industrial plants. Seneca measures sulfur dioxide to track down-wind emissions from the Cayuga Operating Company Power Plant, and Wayne County monitors ozone to track down-wind emissions from Monroe County. Other counties in the region do not have air quality monitoring stations. The EPA has five categories for rating air quality: good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy and very unhealthy.

Days with Good Air Quality
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Monroe68%63%66%71%85%78%82%71%72%84%79%85%81%82%88%81%86%86%
Seneca100%
Wayne92%88%83%85%90%90%89%78%82%91%87%98%86%91%94%96%91%94%

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Notes: Data were not available for the state or for some counties because they do not have air quality monitoring stations.




Number of Days with Good Air Quality
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Monroe250230241258301284300258262308287279296299319294313313
Seneca349
Wayne305312241175191191187150184198188211234275324293321287

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Notes: Data were not available for the state or for some counties because they do not have air quality monitoring stations.











Worse than NYS by 10% or more
Up to 10% worse than NYS
Equal to or better than NYS


INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


Worse than NYS by 10% or more
Up to 10% worse than NYS
Equal to or better than NYS





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