The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) monitors air quality 24 hours a day, and residents can check the Air Quality Index (AQI) at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: air). The AQI tells the public how clean or polluted the air is and what health effects can be expected. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also provides an AirNow smart phone application, and additional information is available at airnow.gov.
The air quality levels are color-coded on the AQI chart:
At this time of the year, smoke from grass fires or controlled burns in the region can affect the local air quality. Parents of young children, older adults and those with lung or heart disease are encouraged to check the AQI before any strenuous outdoor activity.