The san Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District issued an Air Alert for Thursday, September 29, 2011 for the Valley Air Basin. This includes the counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and portions of Kern.
According to this alert, the “Air Alert episodes are called when conditions may lead to ozone formation that results in exceeding health-based ozone standards.”
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District added that there are steps residents and businesses can take to prevent this. Reducing vehicle use is an important way to reduce these emissions.
Residents can reduce their vehicle use to minimize smog-forming emissions by:
• Carpooling or vanpooling
• Using alternative transportation including bicycling, walking and mass transit
• Linking trips (doing all your errands at once)
• Eliminating vehicle idling
• Reducing your vehicle trips
Businesses can help reduce workplace-centered emissions by:
• Becoming a Healthy Air Living Partner and receiving free tools and resources for reducing emissions.
• Ordering lunch in to eliminate the need for employees to drive during lunch.
• Offering scheduling flexibility to reduce commute-time traffic.
• Making telecommuting available to employees.