Niagara-region citizens are breathing easier thanks to a series of new mobile messaging campaigns to fight air pollution from Grow 716, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, and the Clear Air Coalition of Western New York.
The Smoke and Stink Campaigns are designed help neighborhoods address the issue of large manufacturing plants emitting foul-smelling and hazardous chemicals into the air, causing respiratory problems and other illnesses for residents.
The Truck Campaign targets the Peace Bridge neighborhood and its problem of idling trucks—over 4,000 18-wheelers come through the area every day!—whose diesel exhaust has been linked to sicknesses as severe as cancer. Idling trucks are illegal, make citizens ill, and wear out local roads.
Concerned citizens who are worried about a strange odor or smoke can text CACWNY the information they need to document the incident—the type of smoke or smell, the location, and if it’s causing any immediate symptoms. Those who see idling trucks can snap a photo of the offending vehicle and send its location and identifying information to a map that will be used to encourage lawmakers to enforce the existing policies about the issue. Both of these campaigns put the power to monitor the misdeeds of corporations and truckers directly into the hands of local residents.
To report smoke in your area, text SMOKE to 877877. To report a strange odor, text STINK to 877877. To report an idling truck, or to send an image of the idling truck to our online gallery, text TRUCKS to 877-877. You can also report these potential hazards online.