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"Little Steps, Big Impact" is the outreach campaign of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro Area community-based planning process for ozone.  Because Omaha does not have a "smog" problem, most Metro area residents don't realize the air we breathe can contain levels of a pollutant - ozone - harmful to our lungs.  Especially vulnerable are the elderly, young children, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems.

This is not a problem without solutions, however: there are many small changes we can all make in our behavior to help keep our air clean.  It is important to limit activities that produce emissions during the hottest part of the day. This includes driving, yard work, or refueling your car. There are many other little steps you can take that will have a big impact on ozone in the area:   

  • Don’t top off your tank at the gas pump
  • Refuel in the late afternoon or evening
  • Combine errands and reduce trips
  • Limit engine idling
  • Keep your car running right by inflating tires properly, changing the air filter, and keeping up on needed maintenance
  • Use electric or manual lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and trimmers for yard work
  • Mow the lawn early in the morning or in the evening
  • Get rid of the extra baggage in your car to lighten the load
  • Buy locally-grown foods, such as those at Farmer’s Markets, when possible
  • A major source of ozone pollutants coming from individuals is through car emissions. If possible reduce the amount you use your car. You can do this by taking the bus, carpooling, riding a bike, or walking.
  • Burn less fossil fuels by reducing gasoline, natural gas, and electricity consumption
  • Keep lids on paints and cleaners when you are not using them
  • Limit the use of oil-based paints and solvents

To read more about ozone in Omaha, what is being done, and how you can help, click the image below.

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