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DNR adds localized air quality alerts to phones, RSS


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) - People can now receive notices by e-mail, RSS feed or text messages whenever their county has an air quality watch or advisory.

The Department of Natural Resources has improved its Air Quality Notification system to include this feature. Previously, people could only sign up to get a message for all air quality watches and advisories, no matter where they occurred in the state. The DNR's Anne Bogar says the alerts now can be customized to specific counties. Bogar says you can go to the DNR website at DNR.WI.GOV and enter your email or cellphone number and when an alert is issued, it will come directly to you.

Bogar says while the lakeshore counties of Wisconsin get air quality alerts in the summer, she says winter is a time when Northwoods residents will get more alerts. She says during stagnant weather patterns in the winter fine particulate matter builds up in the atmosphere and triggers an air quality alert. It is a concern for all people with breathing problems.