Aug. 3, 2009
CONTACT: Mark Shaffer, Director of Communications, (602) 771-2215 (o);
ADEQ Adds 20 Schools in Maricopa, Casa Grande and
Florence to Air Quality Flag Program
PHOENIX – (Aug. 3, 2009) – Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials
announced today that 20 schools in Pinal County have joined the agency’s Air Quality
Flag Program, in which participants fly flags on school grounds primarily as an alert on
high air pollution days in the community.
The new participating schools include nine each in the City of Maricopa and the Town of
Florence and two in the City of Casa Grande. The purpose of the program is to notify the
public when unhealthy levels of particulate matter and ozone are expected so people can
modify their activities and reduce exposure to the pollutants.
The Maricopa schools participating are Maricopa, Santa Rosa, Pima Butte, Saddleback,
Santa Cruz, and Butterfield elementary schools; Maricopa Well and Desert Wind middle
schools; and Maricopa High School. The Florence K-8 schools are Anthem, Florence,
Walker Butte, Circle Cross, Magma Ranch, Copper Basin, and Skyline Ranch; and
Florence and Poston Butte high schools. The Casa Grande schools are McCartney Ranch
and Cottonwood elementary schools.
The ADEQ Air Quality Flag Program uses green, yellow, orange and red flags to indicate
expected current air quality conditions in a community from pollution forecasts prepared
by meteorologists and air quality scientists and based on the federal health standards for
Green flags mean that air quality is expected to be good; yellow flags mean there might
be some health concerns for people particularly sensitive to elevated pollution levels;
orange flags mean that forecast pollution levels could negatively impact children, the
elderly and those with existing lung and heart conditions; and red flags mean conditions
may become unhealthy for all.
“We congratulate these 20 schools in Pinal County for their