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MADISON - This May, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is celebrating the state's clean air and continued air quality improvements statewide.

"Clean Air Month is a great opportunity for Wisconsin residents and businesses to learn about our state's air quality," said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. "DNR staff, along with our state's businesses and citizens, have worked hard to improve the quality of our air, and we have significant improvements to show for it."

The agency's December 2016 Wisconsin Air Quality Trends Report showed positive trends toward cleaner air. Gail Good, director of the DNR Air Program, says overall, concentrations of most pollutants regulated under the Clean Air Act have been decreasing over the past decade across the state.

"Actions taken by Wisconsin citizens and businesses continue to support and improve the quality of our State's clean air.," said Good.

In conjunction with Clean Air Month, the DNR annually hosts the Air, Air Everywhere poetry contest for third, fourth and fifth grade students in Wisconsin.

"This poetry contest is a great way to engage children in our Clean Air Month celebrations," Good said. "Each year the department receives dozens of contest entries from students learning about air quality. The contest is an opportunity for teachers to educate children throughout the state on the importance of clean air and the voluntary actions we can all take to keep our air clean."

Information on current and past winners of the Air, Air Everywhere poetry contest can be found by searching the DNR website for "clean air poetry contest."

People can keep up with air quality conditions in their area by searching for "air quality notices."

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