Clark County residents now have a better idea of what’s causing their stuffy noses, sneezing and wheezing this allergy season. UNLV and the Clark County School District (CCSD) have revived a monitoring program to track when and how much pollen is in Southern Nevada’s air. The partnership includes the Clark County Department of Air Quality.
“CCSD is very excited to be a part of this collaborative project,” said Mary Pike, CCSD director of science, health and physical education. “Not only will Southern Nevadans benefit from being aware of the concentration of airborne pollen on a day-to-day basis, but we will also be able to provide a variety of educational opportunities for our CCSD students.”
At UNLV, pollen counts are collected daily atop White Hall, and a control sample is collected once a week in the town of Jean, Nev. In addition to the current pollen monitoring site at UNLV, stations will be set up at Clark County schools including Joseph M. Neal Elementary School, Jerome D. Mack Middle School, J.D. Smith Middle School, and Palo Verde High School.