The goal of the Air Quality Program (AQP) is to protect the health of Tribal Members and residents on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. AQP maintains two State and Local Air Monitoring Stations (SLAMS) to meet this need for the Reservation while also adhering to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SLAMS quality assurance guidelines. Ute 1 is located just north of Ignacio, Colorado while the second station, Ute 3, is located off of Colorado State Highway 550 north of Bondad, Colorado.
To further enhance Tribal Member and resident access to real time information on air quality conditions within the Reservation, ambient air monitoring data collected from these stations are reported to the EPA Air Quality System for National Ambient Air Quality Standard comparison and EPA’s AirNow website. This website establishes air quality forecasts using ambient air monitoring data index values and color rating system to help people understand when air quality can be harmful to their health.
The Tribe’s two air monitoring stations continuously monitor and report: