Richmond Air Monitoring Network

News and Updates

SEPTEMBER 2021

Blog PUBLISHED: Richmond Air Monitoring Network Insights: Using hyperlocal data to evaluate neighborhood trends in air pollution

PSE shared a blog with monthly and seasonal trends in air pollution by neighborhood in Richmond-San Pablo.

PSE participates in AB 617 Convening on Community Air Monitoring

Lee Ann Hill participated in The Past, Present and Future of AB617: Envisioning a Way Forward, Together Convening on an AB 617 Community Air monitoring Plan Roundtable Discussion on Innovations in Community Steering Committee alongside the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and community-based organizations in the Bay Area.

July 2021

PSE provides preliminary data release

Data presented showcased differences in air pollutant concentrations at various distances from major roadways and varying pollutant concentrations by land use (commercial, industrial and residential.

JUNE 2021

COMPLETED FINAL black carbon sensor deployment

Collaborators at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory colocated 50 Aerosol Black Carbon Detectors with Richmond Air Monitoring Network sensors to capture measurements during a summer month during a non-wildfire period.

Presentation to APEN members in Richmond

PSE’s Dr. Boris Lukanov and Karan Shetty presented project updates to members of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network.

February 2021

Completed second black carbon sensor deployment (Winter)

Collaborators at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory colocated 50 Aerosol Black Carbon Detectors with Richmond Air Monitoring Network sensors to capture measurements during a winter month.

DECEMBER 2020

PSE and Aclima host webinar on interactive air quality data tools

Lee Ann Hill (PSE) and Scott Andrews (Aclima) presented interactive air quality data visualization tools that show current and historical air quality data throughout Richmond-San Pablo.

AUGUST 2020

First phase II deployment during wildfire smoke event

Aerosol Black Carbon Detectors (ABCDs) were deployed at Richmond Air Monitoring Network sites across Richmond-San Pablo during a three-week period that included numerous days of heavy wildfire smoke.

May 2020

2019 carb community air grants AWARDEE

PSE was awarded California Air Resources Board (CARB) funding to grow the Richmond Air Monitoring Network for Phase II of our work with Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) and other community organizations to study air pollution, including black carbon and particulate matter, in the Richmond, North Richmond, and San Pablo areas. Read the announcement from CARB here.

April 2020

bLOG published: Richmond, ca air monitors show cleaner air during bay area covid-19 lockdown, with a catch

PSE published a blog post showing early evidence that suggests the region’s shelter in place order, along with the associated social and economic changes, may have slowed the spread of the novel coronavirus, reducing cases of COVID-19 respiratory disease and likely saving many lives. But there are less visible impacts to the air we breathe. Read the blog post here.

FEBRUARY 2020

second round of air monitor deployments begins

PSE deployed the second batch of Aeroqual AQY air monitors throughout the Richmond-San Pablo community.

janUARY 2020

initial field calibration complete

PSE completed the initial field calibration of a second batch of Aeroqual AQY air quality monitors at CARB Monitoring and Laboratory Division in Sacramento, CA.

DECEMBER 2019

air monitor deployments begin

PSE began deploying the first set of 20 Aeroqual AQY air monitors throughout Richmond-San Pablo. Dr. Boris Lukanov presented an update on the Richmond Air Monitoring Network at the December Richmond-San Pablo Community Air Monitoring Plan Steering Committee meeting.

november 2019

PSE PARTICIPATED IN THE RICHMOND-SAN PABLO CLEAN AIR COMMUNITY SUMMIT

PSE hosted a table and shared materials at the Richmond-San Pablo Path to Clean Air Community Summit. PSE also completed the initial field calibration of the first batch of Aeroqual AQY air quality monitors and set up a second batch of monitors for initial field calibration at CARB’s Monitoring and Laboratory Division in Sacramento, CA.

August 2019

Technical Advisory Committee Launches

PSE hosted the first Technical Advisory Committee meeting for the Richmond Air Monitoring Network. This technical advisory committee includes experts on air pollution and public health. Committee members will provide valuable oversight to support the scientific integrity of the air monitoring project.

July 2019

Field calibration of air monitors begins

The first round of monitors was deployed for field calibration in Sacramento with the help of the California Air Resources Board.

June 2019

Steering Committee votes to utilize PSE/APEN data

At the June monthly meeting, the Richmond-San Pablo Community Air Monitoring Plan Steering Committee voted to utilize the data collected through the PSE/APEN Richmond Air Monitoring Network to inform development of the community air monitoring plan. The Steering Committee, comprising local residents, community-based organizations, industry, and others, will guide development of an additional air monitoring plan to inform future emission reduction efforts in Richmond-San Pablo.

June 2019

PSE Creates Emissions Inventory Interactive Map

PSE launched the Richmond Emissions Inventory Interactive Map, which shows annual criteria pollutant and toxic air pollutant emissions reported for stationary sources in the Richmond-San Pablo area. The tool also provides information on the sensitive populations in the area and incorporates CalEnviroScreen 3.0 data.

MAY 2019

FIRST AERoQUAL AIR QUALITY monitors RECEIVED

PSE received the first batch of Aeroqual AQY1 monitors. These monitors will collect measurements minute-by-minute for ozone, particulate matter (PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide, temperature, humidity, and dew point.

March 2019

PSE staff appointed to Community Steering Committee

Dr. Boris Lukanov was appointed to the Richmond-San Pablo Community Air Monitoring Plan Steering Committee, with Lee Ann Hill, MPH, serving as an alternate on behalf of PSE. The Steering Committee, comprised of local residents, community based-organizations, industry, and others, will guide development of an additional air monitoring plan to inform future emission reduction efforts in Richmond-San Pablo.

January 2019

PSE Presents at APEN Member Meeting

Dr. Boris Lukanov and Lee Ann Hill, MPH, present about the Richmond Air Monitoring Network to Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) community members. APEN members provided feedback about where monitors should be placed to address community concerns about local sources of air pollution.

JULY 2018

PSE BLOG: Why local air-quality monitoring is important

In this PSE blog, project leads Dr. Boris Lukanov and Lee Ann Hill, MPH, discuss the importance of local air quality monitoring.

June 2018

PSE & APEN Receive an ab 617 community air grant

The California Air Resources Board announced the recipients of the first round of Assembly Bill 617 (AB 617) Community Air Grants. PSE Healthy Energy and the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) received a three-year grant to establish an air monitoring network in Richmond, North Richmond, and San Pablo located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.