Air quality alert issued for Rapid City
Alert effective today until 8:00 p.m.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — An air pollution alert for dust has been issued for Rapid City, west of The Gap, until 8:00 p.m. today.
The alert was issued by the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources and relayed by the National Weather Service.
The City’s Air Quality Office recommends the elderly, young and anyone with respiratory problems to avoid excessive physical exertion and exposure to the outside air during the alert period. Strong northwesterly winds will continue from late morning through the afternoon and into this evening. Sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 45 miles per hour are expected. Winds are forecast to decrease this evening.
The gusty winds will suspend fine dust in the air over west Rapid City, producing poor air quality.
Voluntary actions to reduce dust pollution include ceasing or reducing the manipulation of soil in construction, industrial and agricultural activities, and increasing the use of pollution controls for soil stabilization, waste pits, stock piles and construction sites.
Hourly dust concentrations are available on the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ web page: http://denr.sd.gov/des/aq/aarealtime.aspx