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Hyper-local air quality monitors deployed in the Rogue Valley

We get used to checking the AQI--Air Quality Index--data on smoky days in our region, which can be many in a heavy fire year. But the official monitors are generally miles apart, and so do not provide a lot of detail on places in between.

If Medford is Moderate and Talent is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, what does that mean for Phoenix? Two groups concerned about smoke effects on public health, Beyond Toxics and Unite Oregon Rogue Valley, are teaming up to install hyper-local air quality monitors.

The Purple Air monitors should fill in some of the gaps on the official AQI maps. Paige Hopkins from Beyond Toxics talks to us about the project and its goals, joined by Meet Panchal from the same organization.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.