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Strategic Goal By 2015, the number of days when air quality conditions are unhealthy for sensitive groups will be reduced to 10 or fewer, a reduction of 9% from 2008.

Why this is Important:

Poor air quality has a profound impact on the health for all Maricopa County residents with the greatest affects on people with respiratory problems and young children. This goal is aimed at improving the air quality in Maricopa County. Air quality is an indicator of the environmental health of a community, which has a direct impact on quality of life.

How Maricopa County government influences this goal:

Maricopa County Air Quality Department tracks air quality levels at different sites throughout the County, monitoring levels of carbon monoxide, ozone, and particulates, and the number of days that levels exceed national air quality standards. Particulate matter—soot, dust, smoke, etc.—is small in size and is what causes the "brown cloud."

How progress is measured:


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