AB 617 requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB), with input from air districts including Sac Metro Air District, to identify the communities throughout the state with the highest air pollution burden in which to deploy new community air monitoring. Community air monitoring is intended to measure localized community exposure to criteria air pollutants and toxic air contaminants. For the first year of implementation, air districts with identified communities will be required to deploy monitoring systems by July 1, 2019. All data collected from community monitoring is required to be shared with the state and public. The District already has a robust air monitoring network with multiple sites across the county to assess regional air quality and to demonstrate compliance with federal and state health standards for criteria pollutants. To complement our existing regulatory network, we are exploring additional monitoring approaches and emerging technologies based potentially on a mobile monitoring laboratory and low-cost sensors to provide us with a much greater understanding in determining local concentrations of ambient pollution. Community air monitoring will also be used to produce data to support decision-making and track progress of community emission reduction programs.
The South Sacramento - Florin community has been selected as one of 10 communities to develop and implement an air monitoring plan. To guide this process, the Sac Metro Air District will select approximately 12 members to be a part of a South Sacramento - Florin Air Quality Steering Committee. Applications to be a part of the Steering Committee are due November 13, 2018 (The deadline has been extended from November 9, 2018). Please see the Community Meetings section for additional information on the public outreach efforts.
You may also provide feedback and ask questions about Community Air Monitoring by emailing CommunityAirProtectionMonitoring@airquality.org.