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The air along the Wasatch Front and in other Utah mountain valleys can become dangerously polluted, especially during hot summer months when ozone levels intensify. An effort underway to do something about it warrants broad community support.
It is called the "Clear the Air Challenge."
Utah's governor and the mayors of Salt Lake City and County signed on to encourage Utahns to "eliminate a total of 300,000 vehicle trips and one million miles on Utah's roadways between June 1 and July 10." Experts say that would significantly reduce vehicle emissions, which is responsible for about half of the ground level ozone we experience.
Citizens are encouraged to park their vehicles one or more days a week. They can carpool, bike, walk, take mass transit, or possibly work at home; they can walk to lunch, combine errands, and eliminate unnecessary trips! Those inclined to formalize their involvement in the challenge can actually win prizes. One can sign up at www.cleartheairchallenge.org.
KSL hopes the "Clear the Air Challenge" will motivate people to actually take steps to reduce pollution and improve air quality. It needs to be done. Utah, at times, has some of the dirtiest air in the country, and each citizen has a responsibility to help make it better.