Richmond Air Monitoring Network

News and Updates

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 is excited to have been 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 publishes 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 as well — to the air we breathe. Read the blog post here.

FEBRUARY 2020

second round of air monitor deployments begins

PSE is deploying a 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 begins

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. We 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 were 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

Boris Lukanov was appointed to the Richmond-San Pablo Community Air Monitoring Plan Steering Committee, with Lee Ann Hill 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

Boris Lukanov and Lee Ann Hill 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 Boris Lukanov and Lee Ann Hill 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.


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