Air quality alert issued in Rapid City through this afternoon
RAPID CITY, S.D. — An air pollution alert for dust has been issued for Rapid City, west of The Gap, until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday. The alert was issued overnight by the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources and relayed by the National Weather Service.
Northwest winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts to around 40 miles per hour are expected through most of the day today. The winds are forecasted to gradually decrease late this afternoon. The gusty winds will suspend fine dust in the air over west Rapid City producing poor air quality.
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.
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.