As we enter the mid spring and take the turn toward summer, here in New York State we are getting back outdoors and enjoying all the things New York has to offer. From camping, to outdoor concerts, there is no shortage of things to do.

Remember last summer? The wild fire situation in Canada sent smoke to much of the northeast and New York State. The smoke got so thick it forced some schools to cancel classes and outdoor events to be paused or canceled as well.

The smoke was a big issue. However, there are constant worries about other air pollutants that might be floating around. For those with breathing challenges, it can be a struggle to be outside. New York State is keeping an eye on things.

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This is an ongoing project for New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation as they constantly monitor the air we breath.

I suffer from asthma and allergies and the spring is one of the most difficult times of the year to handle them both. Doing anything strenuous can be a challenge as my breathing get harder and the smoke last year was not fun. I have found that taking an over the counter allergy med and having an inhaler ready is key to making it through.

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