Air Quality Program
The Air Quality Index: January 29, 2015 is 40 (Good range)
Results of recent air monitoring is available here weekday mornings. Updates about air pollution levels in Anchorage can also be obtained by calling 343-4899. This recording is updated before 9AM each weekday. The numbers reported relate measured concentrations of pollutants to health effects that may be experienced at those levels by means of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Air Quality Index. For further information about the index from EPA click here.
Air Quality Program
The Air Quality Program is responsible for monitoring and reporting levels of air pollutants, such as carbon monoxide and fine particles, within the municipality of Anchorage. The Program also responds to local air quality complaints and is responsible for various air quality projects. To step through the information and services provided by this program, click on links on this and succeeding pages. For current air quality conditions, call the Air Quality Hotline at 343-4899.
Air Quality Awareness
The Plug@20 Campaign and Bike to Work Anchorage are initiatives funded by Federal Highway Administration and programmed by AMATS to improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion. For information about engine block heaters, timers and reducing cold-start emissions, visit the pages Why Plug at 20 and Engine Block Heaters.
Air Quality Data for Anchorage
Get the most recent air quality data from stations in Anchorage and Eagle River. Levels given at counting stations (color-coded dots) reflect an 8-hour average concentration at the monitoring site; they are not a snapshot of air quality at current time. If it is your first time visiting the site, click here. If you are familiar with the site, click Alaska Air Monitoring Network for a direct connection. For a glossary of terms found on the website, click glossary.
Merrill Field Lead Monitoring Study
The Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has completed a one-year monitoring study of airborne lead levels at the Merrill Field Airport. Merrill Field was one of 15 airports selected by the EPA for lead monitoring. This monitoring will help determine whether airports serving large numbers of piston aircraft meet new, more stringent air quality standards for airborne lead set by the EPA in 2008. Click here to view the report or an overview of the study can be found on the Merrill Field Airborne Lead Monitoring Fact Sheet.
Anchorage Benzene Monitoring Studies
The Air Quality Program has completed a year-long study of indoor and outdoor benzene levels in Anchorage. Previous studies conducted in Anchorage suggested that levels of benzene in outdoor air and inside homes were higher than those in most of the U.S. An overview of the studies can be found on the Anchorage Benzene Monitoring Studies Fact Sheet.
The full studies can be found at:
Anchorage Outdoor Benzene Study Phase 1
Indoor Benzene Concentrations in Homes with Attached Garages.
Anchorage Air Monitoring Data and Trends report
The Air Quality Program publishes a comprehensive annual report summarizing air quality data and trends. To view the report, please click here. This report is also available in the Alaska Collection of the Loussac Library in Anchorage.
Wind blown dust in front of Pioneer Peak in Palmer. Anchorage can receive dust from the Matanuska Valley on windy days. Photo by Caren del Cioppa and used with permission.