Earth Calendar for August 29th and August 30th

Aug 29, 2012

The U.S. EPA’s School Flag Program uses colored flags based on the Air Quality Index (AQI) to notify teachers, coaches, students, and others about outdoor air quality conditions. Schools raise a colored flag each day that corresponds to their local air quality forecast. The purpose of this program is to create public awareness of outdoor air quality conditions so children can continue to exercise while protecting their health when air quality is in unhealthy ranges. Kids are at greater risk from air pollution because their lungs are still developing and they breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults. Recommendations for outdoor activities on poor air quality days can be found at the website. The AQI is a guide for reporting daily air quality. It indicates how clean or polluted the air is and identifies health effects. EPA uses the AQI for five common air pollutants: ground-level ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. For each pollutant, EPA has established national air quality standards to protect against harmful health effects.  For more information on the Air Quality School Flag Program, visit the website. Many cities provide an air quality forecast via e-mail by subscribing to the national forecast website.

On Our Calendar:  St. Anne Wetlands Restoration Workshops will be presented on September 7th and September 8th, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm at Congregation of Divine Province, St. Anne Convent, 1000 St. Anne Dr, Melbourne KY, 41095.  The workshops will offer instruction in the application of practical wetland restoration techniques.  Participants will learn how to identify drained wetlands, and plan for their restoration.  Space is limited: RSVP is required.  Call (859) 572-6500.