With support from a $75,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the Town of Lakeview was able to change out and install five new certified wood stoves and four heat pumps in residents homes helping to improve the air quality both indoors and out.

The grant was to target low income households and to help switch out inefficient and pollution producing fireplaces with brand new certified wood stoves. The Town took applications through 2020, with the goal of completing all the work before the onset of winter.

Other targets included installing heat pumps, allowing people to have an additional heat source other than fireplaces and wood stoves, especially if the pollution level reached a point where burning was not allowed.

Holly Getty, Town of Lakeview air quality coordinate and utility clerk, said the program has been a huge success and the Town accomplished its goal of changing out fireplaces for woodstoves which burn more efficiently than traditional fireplaces.

She is happy about the response from the community and each brand new certified wood stove installed means less pollution in the Goose Lake Valley during the winter, especially on days when it is cold and no wind which traps in air pollution in the valley leading to yellow and red burning days.

There is no guarantee that the Town will be awarded another grant to replace fireplaces with certified wood stoves in 2021, though the Town has been awarded grants in the past couple of years.

For more information call 541-947-2020.

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