Monitoring Sites

Oregon AQI Map

Color Codes

Data Graph

24 Hr Air Quality Index

The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) was established in 1968 to achieve and maintain clean air in Lane County, Oregon.

LRAPA has eight regulatory-grade air monitoring stations and over 90 commercial-grade particulate matter sensors throughout Lane County. These air monitoring stations collect air samples and report the data from their respective locations. Information from these stations is used to assess levels of air pollution, identify air quality trends, and support the implementation of air pollution prevention strategies.

As a result of decades of work and technological advances, Lane County benefits from good air quality the majority of the year. There are days when air quality fails to meet health-based standards. In the summer, this usually occurs when smoke intrusions from wildfires move into the county. During the winter, smoke from fireplaces and wood stoves burning inefficiently can degrade air quality during prolonged periods of stagnant air.

Understanding the Air Quality Index (AQI)

The current air quality is displayed above using the Air Quality Index (AQI). As seen in the table below, the AQI is a numbered and color coded way to report the daily air quality. The AQI is not a specific unit of measurement, rather it is scaled indication of general air quality. The AQI in Lane county is calculated for two major pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act: ground-level ozone and particulate matter (PM2.5). For each of these pollutants the US EPA has established national air quality standards to protect public health.

Air Quality Index
(AQI) Values
Levels of Health Concern Colors
When the AQI is in this range: ..air quality conditions are: ...as symbolized by this color:
0-50 Good Green
51-100 Moderate Yellow
101-150 Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Orange
151 to 200 Unhealthy Red
201 to 300 Very Unhealthy Purple
301 to 500 Hazardous Maroon

The current AQI represents the amount of pollution in the air using a weighted average of the last twelve hours and is a forecast of the current days average pollution level. The actual AQI level for any given day is based on the 24 hour average of the pollution levels for that day.

For more information, please visit www.airnow.gov
To translate the AQI into specific measurements of PM 2.5 or Ozone, please use the AQI to Concentration Calculator.

Oregon 24 Hour Air Qu​ality Index (AQI) Map

Data Graph

LRAPA monitors air quality throughout Lane County with eight regulatory-grade monitors and over 90 commercial-grade air sensors. Air Quality Index values are updated hourly.

Find the current air quality, look up the closest monitor to you, and learn more about the Air Quality Index (AQI) on the Current Air Quality Page.

LRAPA regulates the burning of wood and yard debris, known as “outdoor burning,” in Lane County. LRAPA also enforces home wood heating – such as fireplaces and wood stoves – opacity ordinances for the cities of Eugene, Springfield and Oakridge.

Seasonal and daily restrictions can exist for both forms of burning. Check to see if there are any active burning curtailments in effect on the burning restrictions webpage.

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LRAPA is responsible for issuing air permits to commercial and industrial operations with emissions above a certain threshold. Check to see if your business needs a permit by following our 5-step guide on our Permitting Overview webpage.

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LRAPA regularly solicits public comment on proposed agency actions such as rule changes, proposed air permits, and the agency’s annual budget. LRAPA also hosts monthly Board of Director and Citizen Advisory Committee meetings.

Learn more about these public comment window and public meetings on our News, Notices & Public Calendar webpage.

The physical environment is a crucial component of any individual’s health and well-being.  Every community needs access to safe air, land and water.  LRAPA has curated together a collation of topics commonly asked about by the community to provide information, important details, and connect interested community members with resources.

Explore the many topics of information on our Community Center webpage.

LRAPA is the local air authority responsible for monitoring Lane County’s air and administering programs that protect and improve air quality. LRAPA was founded in 1968 as an intergovernmental agreement between the cities of Springfield and Eugene. Today’s intergovernmental agreement includes Lane County and the cities of Cottage Grove, Eugene, Oakridge, and Springfield.