Sacramento's "bowl-shaped valley" can trap air pollution when weather conditions form a lid on top of the bowl. The addition of cars and trucks, high temperatures, no wind in the summer, residential wood burning in the winter, and wildfire smoke is a recipe for high ozone or particulate matter pollution. The SacMetro AQMD continues to make steady progress in improving air quality while working to attain state and federal standards. It is committed to reducing pollution levels through its many programs.
Children, outdoor athletes, pregnant women, outdoor workers, older adults, the elderly, and people who have heart or lung disease are most affected by air pollution, but even healthy adults can feel its effects. Whether on the road or at home, we all can all play a part to ensure the air we breathe is as clean as possible.
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The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires agencies to assess and mitigate air quality impacts prior to approving projects.
Find SacMetro AQMD guidance and tools used in the planning, environmental and entitlement processes.
The SacMetro AQMD seeks to ensure fair treatment of all people regardless of race, color, national origin or income, in the development of environmental policies and plans that affect the places people live, work, play and learn.
Many environmental risks have been made worse by climate change based on scientific studies, including flooding, drought and wildfires. The SacMetro AQMD works with the community to reduce those impacts in the Sacramento region.
Check out the SacMetro AQMD Fireplaces & Wood Stoves page, which includes links to regulations, change out incentives, and further details about the installation and use of fireplaces, wood stoves and pellet stoves in Sacramento County and the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento.
Information on different types of outdoor burns, rule and permit requirements, and links to find out the burn day status for personal and commercial outdoor burns.
Comprehensive strategies designed to meet or maintain compliance with federal and state air quality standards.
The SacMetro AQMD provides public outreach programs and materials to help residents know what they're breathing. Learn how to find the daily air quality forecast, what causes air pollution and how to help reduce it.
Incentive program funding available for On-Road and Off-Road vehicle technology, and for fireplace and wood stove change outs. Information on emission reduction credits and the SEED program can also be found here.