Panel discussion to explore air quality issues

An upcoming panel discussion in Grand Junction will explore issues related to air quality in the Grand Valley.

Local and regional experts will discuss air quality monitoring, including the use of low-cost sensors monitored by residents. The health effects of air pollution and local wood stove and burning regulations also will be addressed.

The discussion is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Whitman Building, located at 248 S. Fourth St.

The League of Women Voters of Mesa County, Citizens for Clean Air and Alpine Bank will present the event, which will be free and open to the public. For more information, call 242-1054 or 628-4699.

Teresa Coons, executive director of the John McConnell Math & Science Center in the Grand Valley and a former member of the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission, will moderate the discussion.

The panelists will include:

Gordon Pierce, technical services program manager of the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission, who will report the most recent information about air quality in the Grand Valley.

Carolyn Hoagland, an entrepreneur and doctoral degree candidate at Colorado State University, who will discuss citizen-based air quality monitoring using low-cost sensors. Hoagland has launched a Montana-based company that will provide air quality maps based on citizen-reported conditions.

Dr. Kenneth Scissors, a physician at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Grand Junction, who will discuss the health effects of air pollution and how doctors evaluate studies to make public health recommendations.