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What is CLE4R?

CLE4R is a new collaborative effort between the University of Iowa, the City of Dubuque, and Dubuque-area partners to improve air quality in Dubuque and the surrounding Upper Mississippi River Valley communities. The “CLEAR” in CLE4R stands for CLEan Air in the River Valley. The “4” in CLE4R stands for Environmental Education, Technology, Partnerships, and Planning. CLE4R was started in October 2015.

Air pollution by particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) is an important issue in the river communities of eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. All parts of the affected area have unhealthy air during some portions of the year, and the affected community has taken steps not only to stay in compliance with the Clean Air Act, but to improve air quality.

Under CLE4R, the City of Dubuque and its partners will be using technology and education to improve air quality, which makes for healthier living and can attract businesses to the area. CLE4R is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Education Program. The project director is Charles Stanier from the University of Iowa.

CLE4R builds on existing programs in Dubuque, including the air quality improvement plan accepted by the EPA under the voluntary Particulate Matter Advance Program, a program for communities making sure they maintain their good air quality as they grow and improve their infrastructure.

Last modified on January 4th, 2016
Posted on October 2nd, 2015