Air quality monitoring

MONDAY, AUGUST 27th 9 AM ROOM 6ES DALLAS CITY HALL CITY COUNCIL QUALITY OF LIFE COMMITTEE HEARING ON DALLAS JOINING A NEW REGIONAL AIR NETWORK ______________________________________________ Over the last two years, as members of the DFW Air Research Consortium have promoted the idea of a dense grid of low-cost, high-tech air sensors spread across North […]

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THE CLEAN AIR FUND THAT TIME FORGOT

by jim on July 9, 2018

Over a decade ago $500,000 was collected from North Texas local governments to protect Texas air. It’s been sitting in a bank account ever since. Until recently, not too many people even knew it existed. Now, citizens want to use a part of it to build a world-class 21st-Century air monitoring network for DFW.  __________________________________________ In […]

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WE NEED YOU TO SPEAK OUT…. FOR CLEAN AIR!…. FOR PUBLIC HEALTH!…. FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE!….. FOR SCIENCE! MONDAY, AUGUST 27th 9 AM ROOM   6 ES DALLAS CITY HALL 1500 MARILLA  DALLAS CITY COUNCIL QUALITY OF LIFE COMMITTEE PUBLIC HEARING: Should Dallas join Dallas County and Plano in establishing a new regional air quality monitoring network […]

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After a few technological hiccups, the state’s first permanent smog monitor built and operated by a citizens’ group is up and running in rural Southeast Wise County. And by the looks of this summer’s ozone season, just in the nick of time. Conceived, designed, and supervised entirely by environmental scientist and UNT doctoral candidate Kari Northeim on behalf of Downwinders, […]

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What Now?

by jim on June 4, 2018

1. This monitor was built by the University of Texas at Dallas. It measures Ozone (smog) and Particulate Matter pollution. It’s already been picked-up and will be installed in Joppa in the next 30-45 days. It’s one of ten being placed around the region as part of a fledgling new air quality network. The public will be able […]

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HOW TO TURN THIS: INTO THIS: Dallas County finalizes documents for founding a regional air quality monitoring network among local governments – will your city, county, school or hospital district vote to join?    In the same week that Downwinders at Risk and the Dallas Sierra Club raised enough money to buy a full-time stationary Particulate Matter […]

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Back on December 11th, there was a serious fire at the “Sunshine Recycling” facility in West Dallas, aka, another West Dallas scrap and junk yard. Beginning at around 3 in the afternoon and continuing to burn overnight, it produced huge clouds of dark thick smoke that covered whole blocks and could be seen for miles […]

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  Downwinders PM Committee did the unthinkable this last week and monitored ambient air quality in the tiny Joppa community, where two proposed new concrete batch plants coming up for a Dallas City Council vote on Wednesday want to set-up shop. This was unthinkable because despite months of controversy over the siting of yet more concrete […]

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Public Health Economic Development Transportation Housing Childhood Development and Education Environmental Justice Crime __________ In the same way lead exposure was linked to lower IQ in children and anti-social behavior like crime, PM Pollution is now being linked to learning disabilities and juvenile delinquency. And in the same way public health mandated the removal of […]

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    Q: What caused PM and Ozone pollution to spike so high and fast on Oct 19th that health alerts had to be issued from Dallas to Denton? A: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality couldn’t care less. That’s the take-away from Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe’s story that appeared over the weekend in the Denton Record […]

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By all rights, there shouldn’t be a Downwinders at Risk around anymore. The life expectancy of a local grassroots group rising up to fight a bad permit is a couple of years if you’re lucky, twice that if you’re extremely lucky. We’re beginning our 23rd year. Throughout that time, we’ve ridden our share of organizational […]

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Toxic Particulate Matter – “PM” – is the New Lead PM is the scientific name for industrial soot. It comes from burning things. Wood. Gasoline. Diesel. Coal. Waste. Everything that depends on on burning something, produces Particulate Matter: cars, trucks, buses, locomotives, boilers, furnaces, kilns, etc. PM pollution is tiny. It’s much smaller than nature’s […]

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Not quite two weeks ago, on Thursday October 19th, something happened to throw local air quality conditions into the red zone for most of the day. There was a inexplicable smokey haze extending along the limestone escarpment from Midlothian to Dallas and then north to Denton, sending Particulate Matter pollution soaring to Beijing levels and ozone […]

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Announcing Downwinders 3.0

by jim on September 9, 2017

Downwinders is Regrouping, Renewing, and Regenerating. Almost half our new board is under 30. We have a new scientist. We have a new focus. Now we need you. Many of you are aware of the time and effort Downwinders at Risk put into the unprecedented UNT Ozone Study which brought DFW elected officials and local atmospheric researchers […]

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If you missed our “Science and Socializing” series of roll-out events for the DFW Air Research Consortium in June, you have a chance to catch the show again on Thursday September 7th when the Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods is using its September monthly meeting to host a repeat performance.  Dr. David Sterling and Graduate Assistant […]

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Downwinders’s “Evenings of Science and Socializing” Concludes with SRO Crowd in Denton   We’re pretty sure it was the first time Cambridge-trained UTD Physicist Dr. David Lary had presented in a bar. The occasion was opening night of Downwinders’ “Evenings of Science and Socializing” at Bryan Street Tavern, in a dark back room that came complete with fog […]

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