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The AQI forecast for Friday, February 12th is 45 - "good" air quality. Saturday and Sunday are forecast to be in the "good" range also at 50 and 40. If winds are as still as forecast for Monday 2/15, the AQI may enter the lower end of the "moderate" air quality range. (Monday is a municipal holiday).   

Air quality forecasts are available here weekday mornings. Forecasted levels in Anchorage can also be obtained by calling 343-4899. The telephone recording is updated before 9AM each weekday. The numbers reported relate pollutant concentrations 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 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) use data from the prior eight hours at each monitoring site; they are not a snapshot of air quality at the immediate time. The Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation maintains this information which can be accessed through the following link. Monitors within the Municipality include "Garden" - a site in the Airport Heights neighborhood in north Anchorage; "Laurel" - located on the north side of Tudor Road close to the intersection with Lake Otis; "Parkgate" - a site on the Old Glenn Hwy. in the business district of Eagle River. Though monitors continuously collect data, reporting of information from sites via the internet may be problematic.

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$0 $0 Indoor Benzene Concentrations in Homes with Attached Garages.

Anchorage Air Monitoring Data and Trends report $0 $0The 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. 

    • Environmental Health Services
    • Deputy Director/Division Manager: Steve Morris
    • 825 L Street, 3rd Floor, Anchorage, AK 99501
    • 907 343-6976

 Related Links

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.

Link to 2015 Pollen Counts   

Pollen counts are available by telephone recording at (907) 343-4899 #2. These are updated Tuesday and Friday afternoons throughout the summer.