Headlines June 17, 2021
New Study Shows Denver Has Some of The Nation’s Worst Air Quality
Metro Denver ranks among the worst urban areas in the country for air quality. That’s according to the new city ranking report released by the American Lung Association. Metro Denver ranks 8th on the list and Fort Collins comes in at 17th. With the exception of Phoenix, Arizona – every other city on the ozone list ranked worse than Metro Denver is located in California.
Ozone Aert in Effect Locally
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has released yet another ozone alert for Douglas, Jefferson, Denver, western Arapahoe, western Adams, Broomfield, Boulder, Larimer, and Weld Counties. The Ozone Action Alert is in effect until at least 4pm today. It calls on residents to avoid idling in cars and to combine errands to avoid unnecessary trips and limit the use of non-electric vehicles. Health authorities have released ozone action alerts for most days this week.
Ongoing conditions of heat and drought are fueling wildfires in the region. According to the National Interagency Wildfire Center, Seven large new fires are burning in the Northern Rockies and Rocky Mountain areas. This includes the Collum fire in Colorado’s Moffat County. Nationwide, 33 large fires have burned more than 360,000 acres in 10 states. The MIWC says more than half of the 33 uncontained large fires are in the Southwest and Great Basin areas. This year has been the worst on record for the number of fires reported year to date since 2011.
Boulder Voters Will Be Able to Vote on a Measure to Lift the City’s Occupancy Cap
Boulder voters will be able to vote on a measure this November to lift the city’s occupancy cap. The housing rights campaign known as Bedrooms are for People exceeded the number of digital petition signatures required to get their measure on the ballot and the city certified the petition this week. The city of Boulder currently prohibits more than three unrelated individuals from living under the same roof in most cases. If approved, the Bedrooms are for People initiative would tie occupancy to the number of bedrooms in a house.