Efforts to build awareness in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area about ground-level ozone are getting a boost.

On Tuesday, July 8th at a 10 a.m. news conference in the Plaza outside the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center, 1819 Farnam Street, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert will proclaim July 2014 “Ozone Awareness Month.”

The proclamation coincides with the Little Steps. Big Impact. Campaign to raise awareness about the issue of air quality in the metropolitan area and the effects ground-level ozone has on it.

As part of the campaign, Ozone Awareness Days are taking place July 1-July 31st, with Metro offering 50-cent fares and 25-cent transfers to riders on weekdays during this time.

Stothert will be joined by Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh and City Council member Sharon White, Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders,  Douglas County Health Department officials and Metro and MAPA Executive Directors and staff.