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Portland Clean Air hopes to use the service 'as a catalyst for getting more residents involved in helping create cleaner air for us all.'

COURTESY PHOTO: SMELL MYCITY - A Smell MyCity app Portland region map shows a few reported air quality issues. The app developed by Carnegie Mellon University is available in the Portland area.Sniff. Sniff. Do you smell that? Your phone might help.

Portlanders can use the new Smell MyCity smartphone app to document and monitor air pollution odors around the region. Smell MyCity was developed by Carnegie Mellon University's CREATE Lab with help from household cleaning product company Seventh Generation. The university is working with the group Portland Clean Air to monitor the region's air.

Portland Clean Air Executive Director Greg Bourget said the group that works with nearly four dozen neighborhood associations and other organizations hoped the new app could help local residents keep track of air quality. "We have built a strong network of clean air advocates, and see Smell MyCity as a catalyst for getting more residents involved in helping create cleaner air for us all," Bourguet said.

Residents using the app can rate and map air quality issues around the city. Information can be used by others to track or mark problem areas.

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