The Tribes makes real time information available to the general public regarding current air quality. You can see current conditions or create graphs for each item monitored using the data collected since 2004. The individual data will display below the graph.
The web address is:
or you can click on the link below.
Kootenai Air Website
The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho maintains and operates a PM 2.5 (unhealthy small air particulates) monitoring and meteorological station on the reservation in Boundary County, Idaho. This is the only PM 2.5 monitoring station in Boundary County.
Real time data has been available on the Tribal Air Quality Website starting in 2006 for smoke management decision making and for general public health queries about local air quality. Since 2003 quality assured PM 2.5 nephelometer and meteorological data has been collected and submitted to the EPA air quality database (AQS).
This Air Quality Website was created with an EPA - National Environmental Information Exchange Network (NEIEN) grant.
A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was established between the Tribe and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) to better communicate information about air pollution episodes to help protect the health of Tribal members and non tribal members of the county.
A Memorandum of Agreement was established with Idaho Bureau of Laboratories to perform quarterly maintenance audits of the Tribal air quality station to maintain quality assured data.
The Tribe is able to monitor and help mitigate air pollution which affects Tribal health on the reservation and the local community in Boundary County. In so doing the Tribe has become a partner with the community and is able to help promote healthy decisions regarding air quality.
The Kootenai Tribe works with other Tribes, Governments, and their agencies involved in Smoke Management Programs in the northwest.
Some of the partners include:
City of Bonners Ferry
Environmental Protection Agency
Coeur d'Alene Tribe
Nez Perce Tribe
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Idaho Department of Lands
Idaho State Department of Agriculture
Montana/Idaho Airshed Group
Washington Department of Ecology
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
U.S. Forest Service
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Indian Affairs