Dust in the air, or particulate matter, is a type of air pollution that can be created when winds are at high speeds.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets standards for particulate pollution, and the New Mexico Environment Department is responsible for monitoring and enforcing those standards. When winds are sufficiently high and dust storms exist, dust in the air can become a serious health concern and safety issue. From the links below, you can learn about sources of windblown dust, health and safety concerns from dust, solutions to keep dust down, and some special cases in New Mexico where dust concentrations have been exceptionally high.
Southern New Mexico Dust Symposium – Updated March 27, 2020!
The Air Quality Bureau (AQB) invites you to participate in the Southern New Mexico Dust Conference on April 6, 2020. The conference will begin at 9:00 am and will be streamed live through WebEx Teleconference. Experts will discuss borderland dust issues including regulations, research, mitigation, traffic safety, and health effects.
The conference is open to the general public and all stakeholders. Attendance via webinar will be available to those that register. Please see 2020 Conference Agenda for times and registration information.
- 2020 Conference Flyer
- 2020 Dust Conference Agenda
- Latest El Paso Dust Storm Findings (Dr. Thomas Gill)
- NMDOH- Dust 2020 Presentation (Norma Rey Vazquez de Houdek & Maria Otero)
- NMDOT-DustMitigation_AZ_2020 (Trent Botkin & Bill Hutchinson)
- NMDOT-Freight and Automobile Driver Awareness of Dust Storm Safety Study (Dr. Lonna Atkeson & Dr. David Hadwiger)
- Differences between Dust Storms Measured by AEROS (Karin Ardon-Dryer)
- Effect of Dust Particles on Human Lung Cells (Karin Ardon-Dryer)
- City of Las Cruces -Dust Presentation (Jacob Kidd)
Links to additional information on Windblown Dust:
- Dust Mitigation Plan for Doña Ana and Luna Counties
- 20.2.23 NMAC, Fugitive Dust Control (Applicable in Dona Ana and Luna Counties only)
- Exceptional Events Demonstrations and Responses
- Doña Ana County
- Dust FAQs
- Dust Storms and Health – in English
- La Polvareda y Su Salud – en Español
- Fugitive Dust Control Techniques
- Health Effects
- Keeping Dust Down
- Links about Dust
- Luna County
- Sources of Dust