Air Quality

An Issue in DeSoto County

Air quality is an issue which is not confined to our county or our state but concerns our region and our nation. Not only does air pollution affect our ability to enjoy clear blue skies, but also air pollution can affect our economy and even our health.

By learning more, getting involved, and even making some simple changes to our lives, we can each do our part to keep our skies blue and future healthy.


The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a federal agency with the mission to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, the EPA has implemented a variety of programs under the Clean Air Act that, among other things, seek to reduce outdoor concentrations of air pollutants, including ground level ozone.

Since air pollution is a problem not restricted by state or local boundaries, participation at all levels of state and local government and by all citizens, is necessary to ensure we all get the benefit of clean air.

For their part, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and DeSoto County work closely together to monitor compliance with EPA standards, to implement local policies to reduce emissions, and to encourage participation by residents in individual behaviors aimed at improving air quality.