Air Quality: "You think that's air you're breathing?"

 These posters can be found at the community center and family preservation building, and will be updated with the AQI (Air Quality Index) forecast as needed.

These posters can be found at the community center and family preservation building, and will be updated with the AQI (Air Quality Index) forecast as needed.

The Shinnecock Environmental Department is working to inform you about Indoor and outdoor air quality. There is indoor information available (Shavonne Smith) and 2 outdoor air quality bulletins posted just for you. This information is located at the entrance of the Community Center and one at the Senior Center. Currently we are using the Riverhead Air Quality Station nearest Shinnecock. A goal for the Nation, in the next few years, is to have its own outdoor air monitoring station. Here’s why:

Suffolk County ranked in the “worst for New York” for air quality, according to the American Lung Association. The DEC has a list of 256 CO2 and pollution sites in Suffolk County. Industrial buildings, such as, out dated energy buildings (National Grid), metal making companies and out dated waste facilities. These municipalities rank amongst the highest out puts of CO2 in Suffolk County. Other sources contributing to poor air quality or high ozone ratings are non-natural and natural particle matter. Natural particle matter can come from non-native plants and trees. Although, we may not be able to do much about their industrial buildings and wind drift from New York City, we can keep ourselves abreast. Suffolk County is improving with the assistance of the State of New York and Federal agencies to update facilities, but this is a political change. (Slow Process)

Locally we can get Involved to help change legislation. Shinnecock community can be conscience of what and where we build.