Outdoor Air Quality
One of Morongo Tribal Air Program’s (TAP) objectives is to collect legally defensible air quality data that can be used to assist the Tribe in making rational decisions, educate the community and further protect the environment.
The Air Monitoring Station measures Morongo Reservation’s ozone (O3), particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the air. These are three of EPA’s six criteria pollutants; known air pollutants that cause harm to human health and the environment. The TAP also gathers meteorological data at three weather stations within the Reservation. Morongo’s Air Program has the capability to establish a mobilized monitoring station that can gather PM and weather data during emergencies or for air quality studies.
The Tribal Air Program established and helps maintain Morongo’s School Air Quality Flag Program. This program works alongside the Tribal students, who changes a colored flag to correspond to the daily air quality. These colored flags alert students, school faculty, tribal members, tribal employees and visitors when the air becomes unhealthy so they may adjust their outdoor activities or to move indoors.
Morongo Air Program also administers the Title V Operating Permit that allows the Casino’s Cogeneration Facility to be incompliance by EPA standards. This relationship allows the Tribe, not an outside agency, to monitor and report the emissions of the Cogeneration Facility so that it runs efficiently and cleanly.
Indoor Air Quality
The Tribal Air Program also strives to help the Morongo Community to breathe easier indoors. The TAP hosts several workshops throughout the year that give Tribal Members the opportunity to learn more about healthy indoor air quality. Additionally, indoor air quality assessments are offered to tribal residents and employees to measure pollutants such as mold, carbon monoxide, and lead, at no charge. The Tribal Air Program has also teamed up with the Morongo schools and Facility Maintenance team to implement the “Tools for Schools Program”. This indoor air quality program works to assure that the students will be learning in a healthy, worry-free indoor environment.
Air quality refers to the condition of the air around us; how clean it is and how many pollutants (harmful chemicals or substances) it contains. Understanding the air quality is fundamental to our health and well-being, as poor air quality can adversely affect vulnerable people with pre-existing medical conditions, the youth and older adults. It is with this understanding that Morongo’s Tribal Air Program continuously strives to provide awareness and understanding to all air quality related matters through outreach and educational activities while fostering collaborative relationships throughout Morongo’s community.