A dedication of the Ozone Garden will be held at the Children’s Department of the Avon Lake Public Library on Thursday, October 14, at 12:45 p.m.
Avon Lake’s Ozone Garden, the only one that exists along the Great Lakes and the only one in Ohio to be a part of the International Ozone Garden Network, will monitor ground ozone. This garden was made possible by a grant from Harvard/Smithsonian and coordinated by the Avon-on-the Lake Garden Club with support from Boy Scouts, Programmer Victor Pudelski, City of Avon Lake’s Digital Media and Public Works Departments, and Ashely Johnson’s Avon Lake High School Environmental Classes.
Ms. Ashley Johnson’s Environmental Classes collect data to help NASA to monitor air quality. The National Center for Atmospheric Research then interprets the data along with the Smithsonian, Harvard and other worldwide universities in the International Ozone Garden Network.
An interactive informational kiosk is also located in the Avon Lake Public Library Children’s Department to teach children year-round about ground ozone, which impacts the health of humans, plants, and animals.
In November 2023, NASA will launch the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring Pollution (TEMPO) satellite. TEMPO will be the first space-based instrument to monitor major air pollutants across the North American continent every daylight hour at high spatial resolution.
“The City of Avon Lake applauds the efforts of these three groups for taking part in this endeavor to monitor the condition of our atmosphere,” Greg Zilka, Mayor. The Ozone Garden is an amazing educational tool for all ages, near and far, that was spearheaded by Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club member, Councilwoman Jennifer Fenderbosch.