01/16/2019: "DOE Monitoring Air Quality In FH"
(screen grab of DOE page)
According to the DOE (WA Department of Ecology) air quality monitoring station in Friday Harbor, the air is clean; but of course it is winter, which means what with rain and wind and not much going on with trees and plants growing, it is not expected we would have a problem, but as spring blooms, things may change.
The Washington State Department of Ecology recently installed a mobile air quality monitoring station near the County Administration building that will monitor for PM2.5 (particulate matter less than 2.5 microns).
Particulate matter contains microscopic solids or liquid droplets that are so small that they can be inhaled deep into your lungs and cause health problems. Of these, particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, also known as fine particles or PM2.5, pose the greatest risk to health. Sources of particulate matter are emissions from vehicles, unpaved roads, wood burning fire places, industry emissions and wildfires.
The County does not have any permanent air quality monitors, and generally it is believed that due to weather patterns and data from nearby monitors that our air quality is healthy. However, the County requested that a portable monitor be sited here to very these assumptions. The monitor will be in the County through May 2019. You can view the monitor in real time at the Department of Ecology Washington Air Monitoring Network website by clicking HERE