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Goal: Cass County residents will improve the quality of the environment.

"Continued prosperity and community well-being depend on conserving and maintaining the natural systems that are the base for economic activity."[218]

Indicator 47: Air Pollution

"Air pollutants can harm human health and the environment. Air pollution imposes environmental costs through such things as acid rain and toxic exposure for aquatic life and economic costs mainly in the form of public health expenditures and regulatory costs." [219]
Air Quality Standards Violations
Location 2007 2008 2009
Samples Violations Percentage Samples Violations Percentage Samples Violations Percentage
Fargo 110 0 0% 117 0 0% 115 0 0%
Cass County 110 0 0% 115 0 0% 110 0 0%
North Dakota 339 0 0% 357 1 0% 8,765 0 0%
Percentage of samples that did not exceed federal standards for inhalable PM(2.5) particulates in respective geographic areas
Data Source: North Dakota Department of Health [220]

Indicator 48: Water Quality

"A clean and abundant water supply is essential to economic and human health. Nearly every commercial and biological process requires it; the human body is roughly two-thirds water. The use, quality and availability of water are important indicators of future economic and environmental conditions." [221]
Water Quality
Location 2008 2009 2010
Samples Violations Percentage Samples Violations Percentage Samples Violations Percentage
Fargo 1,086 2 0.2% 1,080 0 0% 1,083 1 0.09%
Cass County 1,252 15 1.2% 1,259 12 <1%> 1,247 4 0.3%
Percentage of samples in which coliform bacteria is detected in respective geographic areas.
Fargo samples are taken from water that has been treated in a water treatment plant. Rural Cass County samples are taken from wells. A city the size of Fargo is required to follow different regulations than rural areas.
Data Source: Fargo Cass Public Health [222]

Indicator 49: Food Safety

"Performance standards define public food safety expectations. Critical violations are a provision of the Food Code that, if in noncompliance, are more likely than other violations to contribute to food contamination, illness, or environmental health hazard."[223]
Food Safety Violation Data
Location 2008 2009 2010
Fargo 7.0% 4.6% 5.0%
Percentage of inspections with 2 or more critical violations as defined by FDA Food Code
Data Source: Fargo Cass Public Health [222]