Road dust from unpaved roads is a major air quality concern in many tribal communities. Dust (also called Particulate Matter (PM)) has negative impacts on health, road safety and quality of life. This webinar is the second of a series of four webinars to help tribal environmental and transportation staff to manage road dust, resulting in improved air quality.
Presenters from US Environmental Protection Agency, University of Alaska, Alaska Department Environmental Conservation, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals will provide information to help tribal environmental and transportation staff create community partnerships to:
1) assess current roads,
2) develop community education messages leading to behavioral changes,
3) develop plans to improve road design,
4) consider appropriate use of dust suppressants,
5) continue with air quality assessments,
6) create a dust management plan and
7) identify potential funding sources.
Participants will also be introduced to a variety of online resources to help with planning for road dust management. Training Certificates will be available for everyone who completes all 4 webinars. Webinar recordings will be available to anyone registered for the webinars.
1) Webinar #1 - Introduction to Managing Road Dust (Completed, Recording available)
2) Webinar #2 - Introduction to Dust Suppressants (palliatives)
3) Webinar #3 - Engaging Community Leaders in Road Dust Management
4) Webinar #4 - Case Studies on Road Dust Management
Webinar #1 will focus on
1) Assessment of roads and capacity
2) Behavioral Changes
3) Road design and maintenance
While the technical information from this webinar series will apply to any unpaved road, the focus of these webinars will be on Alaska communities.