Noise data trackers being deployed to fight Westchester County Airport noise pollution

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People who live near the Westchester County Airport now have a new tool to fight against noise pollution.

This year over 41,000 noise complaints have come in from the Westchester airport, up significantly over 2018. That's why several residents across the county are getting noise trackers installed.

The mobile tracker uses a microphone to track elevated noise levels, then compares the data to flight paths to confirm that a spike in decibels was actually from an aircraft.

Last month's data shows aircraft noise ranked lower than community noise like lawn mowers and car traffic. But the study is still in its preliminary stages.

Before the end of 2019, the airport plans to compile the data from the trackers and discuss what needs to be done to improve noise quality for area residents.

 

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