Citizen Science

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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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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All pics by Norman J. Jones, except Peter Johnson by Miles Moffeit. Short video of Sticks Mania drum line here.  90 second video summary of the evening by Norman J.Jones:    

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Thanks to Downwinders supporters and the Dallas Sierra Club that pitched in a whopping $1000, we raised the $1600 needed to buy Joppa residents their own full time Aeroqual Particulate Matter monitor. Now comes the hard part in deciding where to put it. Downwinders and Joppa residents are schedule to meet to discuss the location of the monitor […]

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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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Thanks to a grant from the Simmons Sisters Foundation, Downwinders is proud to announce we’ve purchased our first two portable Particulate Matter sensors for our No Safe Level Campaign against PM pollution. They’ll be the only PM monitors of their kind in the region, and their arrival will inaugurate a new era in DFW citizen-empowered science. […]

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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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Downwinders at Risk is proud to announce we received a very generous $40,000 grant from the Dallas-based Simmons Sisters Fund in December to cover the costs of our “No Safe Level” PM pollution protection campaign for the next two years. This money will be going to buy both portable and stationary PM pollution monitors, educational […]

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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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Meet Our New Scientist

by jim on August 30, 2017

Downwinders’ Wise County Ozone Project Gets A Director Downwinders at Risk is proud to announce Kari Northeim, a doctoral student in Environmental Sciences at the University of North Texas, has agreed to become our Wise County Ozone Project Director. Kari brings an impressive resume and a rigorous level of scientific methodology to the use of our two new EPA-calibrated […]

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