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
The Air Quality Bureau (AQB) invites you to participate in the Southern New Mexico Spring Dust Symposium on April 5, 2021. The conference will begin at 9:30 am and will be streamed live through WebEx Teleconference. Experts will discuss research, mitigation, 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 2021 Spring Symposium Agenda for presentation times and registration information.
- 2021 Spring Southern NM Dust Symposium Flyer – updated 3/25/2021
- 2021 Spring Southern NM Dust Symposium Agenda – updated 3/25/2021
- Presentations: – updated 4/19/2021
- Lordsburg Playa Dust Mitigation Project – NMDOT
- Meteorological Conditions Conducive to Dust Storms: Part 1 – NMSU
- Meteorological Conditions Conducive to Dust Storms: Part 2 – NMSU
- 3 km Air Quality Forecasting over Southwestern US – George Mason Univ.
- Impacts of Clay Minerals in Epithelial Lung Cells – Texas Tech Univ.
- Sahara Dust 2020 Event – Texas Tech Univ.
Links to additional information on Windblown Dust:
- Final 2020 Dust Mitigation Plan for Doña Ana & Luna Counties – updated 3/10/2021
- 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