Osage Nation Conducting Air Quality Monitoring
January 27, 2010

The Osage Nation Environmental and Natural Resource Department is happy to announce the beginning of a new project. For the next two years we will be monitoring the presence and concentration of particulate matter and ozone on the reservation. This monitor, located just south of Senior Housing, will collect and measure levels of small particles in two sizes, known as PM2.5 and PM10, which are 2.5 micrometers in diameter and smaller; and inhalable coarse particles (PM10) which are smaller than 10 micrometers and larger than 2.5 micrometers. The largest of these particles would be dust or other objects small enough to remain airbourne. Ozone is a damaging molecule associated with high temperatures and poor air quality during the summer months. All three of these substances contribute to poor air quality which can compromise breathing in the elderly and those suffering from asthma or other respiratory ailments. The monitor represents one of a handful of units ever to be placed on the Osage Reservation and the first tribally operated monitor placed in a vicinity north of Tulsa. We will be looking closely at ozone levels during the summer as prevailing winds from the south contribute to air quality in our area.   For questions or more information about PM2.5, PM10 and ozone please contact Darin J. West, Project Specialist II at 918-287-5412 or dwest@osagetribe.org.