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Report Indicates The Drought Is Impacting Air Quality

Gary Kazanjian / AP

Gary Kazanjian / AP

According to the annual report on California's Air Quality, the drought will continue to be a major factor in pollution in the state. 

The annual report by the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association studied data from the state's 35 air pollution districts.

The drought set records for air stagnation in Northern California, the Bay Area, Sacramento, and the San Joaquin Valley where the number of no burn days increased dramatically.

Sacramento went from two no-burn days last season to 15 this year.

Association President Jack Broadbent says the drought is likely to make things worse.

"Drought conditions will also go hand in hand with increased temperatures, a lot of dry days particularly during the summer and into the fall where there is very little movement, you can see very elevated levels of ozone."

Broadbent says increasing air pollution and higher fire danger may also result from the drought.

And in the fall, the dry conditions may lead to dust storms.

The report states that California has made significant progress in cleaning the air but climate change and the drought could undermine the improvements.


Clean Air Report 2014

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Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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