Poor air quality is dreaded by residents of Cache Valley every year as winter approaches.
Often, our little valley is clouded in a sickly, inescapable haze that sets off a season of wheezing and coughing. This phenomenon is recognized when cold polluted air is trapped under a layer of warm air just above us and remains there until a storm passes through.
The Bear River Health Department says that about 50 percent of the inverted pollution we experience here can be attributed to cars. We may not be able to control the inversion, but we can control the emissions we release into the air. A practical way for anyone to do so is to reduce the amount we drive.
Luckily, there are numerous resources to help us out in cleaning up our air:
- The Cache Valley Transit Department offers bus routes daily from 5:00 am to 8:30 pm running throughout Logan and surrounding areas that are completely fare-free.
Click here to find a bus route that’s convenient for you
- Along with the CVTD, the Aggie shuttle runs routes on campus from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm on weekdays.
You can track the buses at online or get the Aggie shuttle app.
- Another great resource on campus is Aggie Blue Bikes. They not only offer daily and tri-monthly bike rentals for free, but help and teach you to tune up your own bike!
With the resources surrounding us, it’s simple to find ways to reduce our emissions even in the winter.
By Sarah Powell