Restore Our Air Quality

Page updated on Apr 20, 2021 at 1:44 PM

Restore Our Air Quality

Did you know that:

  • 1/3 of excess nitrogen in the Chesapeake Bay is a result of air pollution, impacting wildlife, fishing, native species, and our food supply.
  • Elevated levels of air pollution can aggravate asthma – especially in children.
  • There is a direct link between high weather temperatures and poor air quality days.

Alexandria is part of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, an organization that coordinates planning amongst the local governments in the DC region towards improving the region’s air quality. One piece of that plan is educating the public through Clean Air Partners about the health risks posed with poor air quality and providing ways in which we each can restore our air quality.

What Can You Do?

  • Drive less, especially on poor air quality days when temperatures are above 80: walk, bike or scoot more.
  • Take transit, including DASH and its new electric buses and Metro, constructing with Alexandria a new station at Potomac Yard.

What Is The City Doing?

  • Providing space for residents to plant flowers, fruits and vegetables. Community Gardens provide recreational space that contributes the air, land, climate and water quality benefits that plants contribute to our City.
  • Providing maintained trails through our natural resource areas like Holmes Run Park, that provide safe areas for walking, biking, strolling, running to experience the benefits of exercising outdoors.