Summer Air Quality Concerns

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — With temperatures forecasted to rise over the next several days, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District remind residents that the summer brings air quality concerns including the potential for wildfires and the formation of smog. Wildfires, in Santa Barbara County or outside the region, can lead to increased levels of particulate matter. Hot weather, coupled with inversion layers that can trap pollution low to the ground, can contribute to elevated levels of ozone, commonly referred to as smog.

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APCD Board Actions – June 15, 2017

Agenda  |  Meeting Video  |  Minutes Approval of Minutes – Approved minutes of the May 18, 2017 meeting. Notice of Violation Reports – Received and filed the summary of notices of violation issued and penalty revenue received during the month of May 2017.  In addition, received and filed an addendum summary of

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Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies Program Expands to San Francisco Bay Area

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — In an initiative to cut air pollution and protect whales in the Santa Barbara Channel region, the partners announced today that the Vessel Speed Reduction (VSR) voluntary incentive program will for the first time include the San Francisco Bay Area. The 2017 Program will start July 1 and continue until November 15. This week the partners began enrolling ships in the program, and will continue to sign up ships through June 30.

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Santa Barbara County Teachers Awarded Care for Our Earth Grants

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Hundreds of local business and community leaders and educators helped celebrate the teachers who earned this year’s Care for Our Earth Grants, as part of the annual Santa Barbara County Education Celebration held at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott on Thursday, May 25. Twenty-three classroom projects — spanning 21 Santa Barbara County schools — earned the 2016-2017 grants. Every year, the grants are awarded by the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, Santa Barbara County Education Office, and Santa Barbara County Water Agency.  

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Notice of Public Review and Request for Comments

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (District) has prepared an annual air monitoring network plan for the county. The plan includes a statement of the purpose for each air monitor, and evidence that the siting and operation of each monitor meets the requirements of the federal regulations.

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APCD Board Actions – May 18, 2017

Agenda  |  Meeting Video  |  Minutes Approval of Minutes – Approved minutes of the March 16, 2017 meeting. Notice of Violation Reports – Received and filed the summary of notices of violation issued and penalty revenue received during the months of March and April 2017. Grant Programs – Received and

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District Congratulates Santa Maria High School Student for California State Science Fair Honor

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District congratulates Jennifer Hernandez-Mora, a junior at Santa Maria High School, for her outstanding air quality science project and recognition at the California State Science Fair. Hernandez-Mora received an honorable mention in Environmental Science for her project studying localized particle pollution using a handheld air sensor, as well as a special $1,500 Air Quality Award for the best air quality project in her division from the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the largest air district in California.

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APCD Launches Voluntary Wood Smoke Reduction Program

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Today, the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) launched the Wood Smoke Reduction Program, a voluntary pilot program that encourages homeowners to “Heat Clean, Save Green” by providing $500-$1,000 in cash incentives to help them remove or replace their wood-burning fireplaces or woodstoves. The APCD Board of Directors approved the program at its March meeting.

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APCD Board Actions – March 16, 2017

Agenda  |  Meeting Video  |  Minutes Notice of Violation Reports – Received and filed the summary of notices of violation issued and penalty revenue received during the months of January and February 2017. Grant Programs – Received and filed an update on the Old Car Buy Back Program for vehicles

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