Category: News Releases and Air Alerts

Ten Companies Slowed Ships in Santa Barbara Channel Region 2016 Program to Protect Blue Whales and Blue Skies

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The partners in an initiative to cut air pollution and protect whales announced results from the 2016 voluntary incentive program and publicly recognized the ten shipping companies who participated, reducing speeds in the Santa Barbara Channel region to 12 knots or less. The program started July 1 and ended November 15, 2016.  The recognition ceremony took place at the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting in Santa Barbara, CA.

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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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Free Community Forum on Hydrogen Cars

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Community Environmental Council (CEC), in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (SBCAPCD), will present a free community forum highlighting the future of hydrogen cars, also known as fuel cell vehicles, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Public Library’s Faulkner Gallery on Anapamu Street.

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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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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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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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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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Air Quality Watch for North County Alamo Fire

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District issued an Air Quality Watch for Northern Santa Barbara County to be in effect through the weekend. The Alamo Fire is producing smoke that may blow into the Santa Maria area and other northern County areas.

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Air Quality Watch Changed to Warning

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District expanded the weekend’s Air Quality Watch to an Air Quality Warning. All areas of the county have potential to be affected by smoke and ash from the Alamo Fire in Northern Santa Barbara County and the Whittier Fire in the Santa Ynez Valley.

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Air Quality Warning Re-Issued

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District re-issued the Air Quality Warning due to continued smoke and ash impacts from the Alamo and Whittier fires. The Air Quality Warning will remain in effect until conditions improve.

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