How does Terre Haute’s air quality rank?


This week you heard what you need to know to be aware of your daily air quality before heading outdoors. The American Lung Association report had some choking stats and numbers for cities across the United States, how did Terre Haute turn out?

“Does Terre Haute air quality grade pass in both ozone and particles, the answer would be yes in both cases. The area is in compliance to the national ambient air quality standards,” said Deloney.

Straight to the point we’re breathing in healthy air. But you might feel a little polluted after seeing the report from the American Lung Association that we are sitting at a “C” level for air quality in Terre Haute.

Scott Deloney of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management says not to worry, “when an area receives an average grade in their report, really what it means is duh. When some days out of the year when meteorology is unfavorable, air quality concentrations are going to be elevated and for sensitive groups on certain days out of the year action may be necessary to protect their health.”

That’s something that is out of our hands, but one thing you can do is plant tress. City forester Sheryle Dell says that really can help suck out those pollutants, “consciously we are trying to improve the quality of life, and one way about doing that is planting trees.”

“They capture a lot of the particulates in the air, so all the dust the black soot from car exhaust and that’s actually good for the trees they love it,” said Dell.

It’s with particle meters that we capture what our air levels look like for the region. And with technology like that it helps us make sure we’re on the right track for clean air, which is exactly what has been happening according to Deloney.

“Air quality has improved consistently over the last 30 TO 40 years,” said Deloney.

You can find the air quality in your area by clicking here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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