Top Ten Dust control techniques

 

Dust is a widespread problem in Alaska. The ADEC, Division of Air Quality receives many complaints about dust; over 100 rural communities have expressed concerns about dust.

ADEC is committed to working with communities to find practical and cost effective methods to reduce dust levels. EPA's retention of a PM10 standard underlines the importance of dust control, and provides a good opportunity for Alaska communities to reduce dust emissions.

This Top Ten list introduces many different approaches to dust control. No two communities are the same, so there is no single recommended strategy. By understanding the local causes of dust, the different kinds of dust control and the resources available, communities can develop good strategies for their specific dust problems.

Other links on the Dust - Rural Communities page, provide more detailed information, and refer to additional sources of information, and potential cooperators for dust control efforts.

  Dust Control
  1. Reduce the traffic
  2. Reduce the speed
  3. Improve road design
  4. Water the road (Palliatives-1)
  5. Cover the Road with gravel
  6. Increase moisture content of the road surface (Palliatives-2)
  7. Bind the road particles together (Palliatives-3)
  8. Seal unpaved roads
  9. Reduce exposed ground
  10. Slow the wind