Air quality monitoring

Only in the nonsensical world of EPA air quality regulation could the official regional average for DFW smog actually decrease despite the worst levels of DFW Ozone pollution in five years. In 2018 a quarter of all North Texas official monitor sites recorded smog levels in the 90-95 ppb range for more than an hour.  […]

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You’re Invited to Train on the Same Portable Monitors & Get Access to Our Monitor Lending Library…For FREE CITIZEN SCIENCE TRAINING SESSION SUNDAY OCTOBER 28th 1-3 pm GOODWORK CO-WORKING SPACE 1808 S. GOOD-LATIMER   Let us know you’re coming: RSVP  downwindersatrisk@gmail.com   Downwinders is proud to announce that our precedent-setting use of portable PM monitors […]

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In the middle of the wettest day in the wettest September DFW had ever recorded, the clouds parted and a dozen brave and curious souls turned out to go through the region’s first citizen science training for portable air monitoring. Some were already clean air activists. Some were technology geeks. Some were people simply interested […]

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Approximately 20 representatives from advocacy groups, non-profits, and neighborhoods gathered last Monday evening at GoodWork for the very first meeting of the “Let Joppa Breathe Alliance.” It was the first step in organizing a city wide effort to reverse over a century of racist zoning and land use planning in Dallas’ oldest Freedman’s community. Besides […]

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Rebuking its own staff’s misinformation campaign, the Dallas City Council’s seven-member Quality of Life Committee voted unanimously at its Monday morning meeting to recommend joining the North Texas Clean Air Network. But in an unusual move, staff requested and received an almost three-month delay in scheduling a full city council vote on endorsing the new […]

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CLICK HERE TO SEND A PREPARED EMAIL TO DALLAS CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS URGING DALLAS JOIN THE NEW NORTH TEXAS CLEAN AIR MONITORING NETWORK Next Monday, September 24th, the Dallas City Council’s Quality of Life Committee will have a chance to take the City’s air quality tools into the 21st Century. Committee members will view a […]

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SATURDAY, SEPT 22 Session 1: 10:30 am -1 pm Session 2: 2pm to 5 pm Goodwork Co-Working Space 1808 South Good Latimer/Dallas   For the first time, Downwinders is offering members of the public the chance to learn how to take air quality samples with one of our Aeroqual Series 500 portable Particulate Matter monitors […]

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This coming Monday’s Dallas City Council Quality of Life Committee Meeting Concerning a New Air Monitoring Network is POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 24th. Word came late Monday (yesterday the 20th) that City Budget resolutions tied to deadlines for budget submissions forced air monitoring off the agenda for the Committee’s August 27th meeting. We’ve been assured that […]

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Last month we requested the City of Dallas’ Office of Environmental Quality files concerning air quality monitoring going back a few years. We wanted to know more about how City staff chose the Texas Nature Conservancy’s “Breathe Easy” study as its first air monitoring project through a process of…well, there wasn’t exactly a process was […]

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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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