Air Quality

In The Past

Routt County and the City of Steamboat Springs were in violation of federal air quality standards for particulate matter in the 1980’s. This was largely due to street sanding, fireplace and woodstove use within the City of Steamboat Springs.   

Present Day 

Routt County, the City of Steamboat Springs, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment worked together to craft a plan to improve air quality. As a result, air quality has dramatically improved and the Steamboat Springs Air Shed is now in compliance with state and federal air quality standards.

Routt County’s Air Pollution Control Resolution became effective on June 10, 1991. The City of Steamboat Springs has adopted a similar ordinance. Routt County’s regulation is focused on limiting the number and type of solid fuel burning device that may be installed in new or existing buildings within an area designated as the Steamboat Springs Air Shed. All solid fuel devices must meet the emission standards that apply to EPA phase II standards for woodstoves and fireplaces. 

Approved Devices

Buildings within the Routt County portion of the air shed are limited to one approved solid fuel burning device. There is no limit on the number of gas fired appliances.  


Routt County Air Pollution Control Resolution Number #91-032


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