Tracking California and its partners in the Imperial County Community Air Monitoring Project recently released a new publication for community groups: Guidebook for Developing a Community Air Monitoring Network. This guidebook is intended as a resource for community members wanting to gather air quality data as a first step toward reducing air pollution.
With air pollution a growing threat to human health worldwide, communities across the country are taking their own actions to address it at a local level. In many cases, communities are conducting their own air monitoring using low-cost air quality sensors. In Imperial County, which has some of the worst air pollution in the country, Tracking California worked over several years with local partner Comite Civico Del Valle and technical partners at the University of Washington to develop a network of community air monitors to provide residents with accurate, real-time, local air quality data that can be used for preventive action and for scientific analyses.
The Guidebook for Developing a Community Air Monitoring Network describes the steps, lessons learned, and recommendations from the Imperial project. While each community has its own unique air monitoring interests, the experiences and lessons learned from this project may provide useful guidance to communities interested in developing their own community air monitoring networks.
For more information about the Imperial County Community Air Monitoring Project, visit the project overview. If you would like to obtain a copy of the Guidebook for Developing a Community Air Monitoring Network, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.