Citizen Science

Monitors are being assembled.   Software is being written.   Community meetings are happening.   Downwinders is helping build the region’s   first 21st-Century Air Network   ____________________________________ Real Time Air Quality Information is Coming to DFW It’s taken years of work and a lot of patience but with any luck a new citizen-friendly regional […]

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Downwinders at Risk’s new Chair Evelyn Mayo gets a huge shout out in D magazine’s popular online manifestation with her very own “Earburner” podcast. D magazine reporter Matt Goodman and D Managing Editor Tim Rogers interview Evy about her new report on Southern Dallas zoning for Legal Aid, her Roller Derby years in Singapore, and […]

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After some technical and bureaucratic hitches, momentum is starting to build toward the 2020 operation of a true 21st Century DFW regional air quality monitoring network. A small army of University of Texas at Dallas graduate students are assembling over 100 solar-powered wireless air monitoring units to be dispersed throughout the metro area. A third […]

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Thanks to two industrious board members, Downwinders at Risk has partnered with Dallas Independent School Districts’ Kids University in a six-week summer program to immerse middle school students in citizen science and air quality. Our “STEAM Ahead” series features approximately fourteen young researchers using Downwinders’ inventory of portable air quality monitors to collect data along […]

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Downwinders at Risk is excited to announce that we won a $20,000 Ben & Jerry’s Foundation grant to help add high-tech, low-cost air quality sensors to our growing community air network powered by the expertise and hardware of the University of Texas at Dallas. While we applied in the past for these prestigious national grants, […]

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Better Bus Stop Design Competition Finals This Saturday May 4th 6 – 9 pm Better Block Foundation HQ 700 West Davis Look, Judge, Vote. Every year the Dallas-based non-profit Better Block Foundation sponsors a design competition that challenges teams of engineers, architects, and creators to come up with more people-friendly ways for city residents to […]

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After being rebuffed by its own city council on the idea, Dallas Staff Goes to NCTCOG to promote autocratic regional air monitoring network You may remember that way back last September members of the Dallas City Council Quality of Life Committee approved a independent regional air network as laid out in a 20 minute presentation […]

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Last time we reported on the prospects of a new regional air monitoring network the idea received a 7-0 vote from a Dallas City Council Committee on September 24th but was delayed by staff request from going to the council until December 12th. There was conjecture at the time that the delay was an excuse […]

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Every year Downwinders at Risk takes a week off and sponsors a floating conference aimed at making North Texas organizers and activists better advocates. This year’s Root and Branch Revue is again packed with star power and covers new ground. Here’s your first preview of what’s being offered. Mark you calendars now. These events are […]

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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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