Throughout South Dakota, the air quality is relatively good, but there is room for improvement. Our air quality in various areas of the state could be, on any given day, affected by blowing dust, road dust, unpleasant odors, industrial output or natural events occurring halfway across the world.

Airborne pollutants are measurable solids, liquids, or gases that can negatively impact our environment. Odor is a subjective consideration; what is offensive to one can be of no consequence to another.

Our dependence on carbon-based fuels affects our economy and our environment. Our increased use of alternative energy sources could not only improve our local economies, but also our global air quality.

Air Concerns

Air Quality Impacts

  • Emissions of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs)
  • Emissions of Particulate Matter (PM) and PM Precursors
  • Objectionable Odors
South Dakota Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service