Map gives Houston area real-time smog data

August 20, 2012 3:00:12 PM PDT
The University of Houston has partnered with two groups to create an online map for people in an eight-county region to get real-time pollution information.

The map was released Monday on houstoncleanairnetwork.com. This site is presently the only place where users may access up-to-the-minute data at a personal address level and view that data via an animated visual display.

Houston Air Alliance executive director Matthew Tejada says similar data on government web sites is at least an hour old.

UH, Air Alliance Houston and the American Lung Association are using Texas Commission on Environmental Quality data for the map. The area includes Harris, Brazoria, Galveston, Fort Bend, Chambers, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties.

Houston has long had air pollution problems, largely due to dozens of refineries and chemical plants that operate along the Houston Ship Channel.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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