Effective January 6, the Mesa County
Health Department has banned non-Environmental Protection Agency approved woodstove
burning due to a health advisory issued by the Colorado Department of Public
Health and Environment.
Increased concentrations of particulate
matter, small particle pollution, can have adverse effects on sensitive groups
of people, such as shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing. People with
heart or lung disease, older adults and children in the Grand Valley should
reduce prolonged or heavy indoor and outdoor exertion.
If you have a woodstove, check to see
if it has an EPA sticker. If it does not have a sticker, do not burn, as it will only continue to increase concentrations of
particulate matter in Mesa County.
Reduce your contribution to pollution
by following these recommendations:
·         ·      Avoid
vehicle idling.
·         ·      Carpool
when possible.
·         ·      Combine
errands into one trip.
·         ·      Avoid
waiting in drive-thru lines.

Mesa County Health Department will
inform residents when the woodstove burning restriction has been lifted.