The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (AQMD) today announced that up to $400,000 will be available for local projects in the 2017 Clean Air Funds program cycle.
The deadline for applications is March 24, 2017. The application packet is available at www.ysaqmd.org/incentives/clean-air-funds/.
There are four categories for eligible projects: clean technologies and low emission vehicles; alternative transportation programs; transit services; and public education and information.
Projects based in Yolo County and northeastern Solano County, including Vacaville, Dixon and Rio Vista, are eligible for funding.
Last year, $380,000 in Clean Air Funds were awarded to projects ranging from electric vehicle chargers to Safe Routes to School programming to a commuter benefits program.
Projects funded in previous years include bicycle paths, low-emission heavy-duty trucks, after-school programs, transit improvements and electric vehicles for municipal fleets.
The grants will be awarded on a competitive basis by the Yolo-Solano AQMD Board of Directors in June 2017.
The Clean Air Funds program is financed through a $4 surcharge on vehicle registrations within Yolo-Solano AQMD borders and a small portion of Solano County property tax.
Yolo-Solano AQMD published its 2016 annual report on February 8, 2017. The report includes information on local air quality conditions, funding opportunities, permitting programs, new rules and regulations and much more.
Yolo-Solano AQMD is conducting a community survey on wood burning behavior and health impacts from wood smoke. The survey is web-based and should take you about five minutes to complete. It is only open to residents of Yolo County and northeastern Solano County, including the cities of Vacaville, Dixon and Rio Vista.
Ten respondents will be issued $50 Amazon gift cards in late February.
NOVEMBER 1, 2016 — The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (AQMD) today announced that it has launched its 2016-17 Don’t Light Tonight season on Tuesday, November 1.
Smoke from the use of fireplaces and woodstoves is a major source of local wintertime air pollution. Yolo-Solano AQMD issues Don’t Light Tonight advisories when weather conditions are forecast to trap wood smoke near ground level where it is breathed by residents.
When a Don’t Light Tonight advisory is in effect, residents should refrain from burning wood. Wood smoke and other fine particulate pollution is most dangerous to young children and the elderly and causes asthma attacks and other respiratory symptoms.
“We can all help protect clean air this winter by heeding Don’t Light Tonight advisories,” said Mat Ehrhardt, Yolo-Solano AQMD’s executive director. “Wood smoke impacts the health of your family and neighbors. By choosing not to burn when advisories are in effect, you’re making a difference.”
Yolo-Solano AQMD has a network of air monitors around the region that measure pollution concentrations. Local air quality was unhealthy for sensitive groups did not exceed the federal health standard for fine particulate pollution during the 2015-16 winter season. Twenty Don’t Light Tonight were called.
Yolo-Solano AQMD does not issue citations for compliant wood burning as the advisories are voluntary. Don’t Light Tonight advisories apply to all of Yolo County and the northeastern portion of Solano County including Dixon, Rio Vista and Vacaville.
Residents concerned with smoke in their neighborhood should contact Yolo-Solano AQMD at (530) 757-3650.
The easiest way to be notified about Don’t Light Tonight advisories is to sign up for EnviroFlash alerts. You will be sent an email or text message when an advisory has been called for the next day. Sign up at http://ysaqmd.enviroflash.info.
You can also call the Don’t Light Tonight hotline at (530) 757-3787 to find out daily status. Yolo-Solano AQMD will also post any advisories on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/YoloSolanoAir.
JUNE 9, 2016 — The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (AQMD) this week awarded $380,000 in grants to fund 12 projects that will improve air quality in local communities.
The District’s Clean Air Funds program distributes money collected through vehicle registration fees and Solano County property tax to local public agencies, businesses and non-profit organizations for projects focused on reducing air pollution from mobile sources.
“Cars and trucks contribute heavily to local air pollution,” said Mat Ehrhardt, Yolo-Solano AQMD’s executive director. “With our Clean Air Funds, we’re able to achieve emission reductions that otherwise may not be possible. These grants will help our partners adopt cleaner technology, improve clean transportation modes and educate the public on how to protect our clean air future.”
The projects awarded grants for the 2016 cycle are:
- Added electric vehicle charging capacity in West Sacramento ($8,119)
- Safe Routes to School programming in Winters ($10,367)
- Safe Routes to School incentives in Woodland ($5,000)
- Safe Routes to School programming throughout eastern Solano County ($52,268)
- An active transportation hub in Davis ($6,653)
- A transit training and advocacy program for teens in various communities ($28,558)
- Bicycle ambassador safety training in Davis ($5,525)
- Clean truck replacements in Dixon ($27,906)
- Bike lane improvements on Hartley Road north of Vacaville ($66,554)
- Bike lane improvements on Dixon Avenue in Dixon ($54,050)
- Establishment of a Commuter Benefits program for eastern Solano employers ($75,000)
- A new Solano County Bike Map and wayfinding signs ($40,000)
JANUARY 14, 2016 — The Yolo-Solano AQMD Board of Directors on Wednesday elected John Vasquez as its Chair for 2016. The Board also elected Matt Rexroad as its Vice Chair.
Vasquez represents the Fourth District on the Solano County Board of Supervisors, and served as the Yolo-Solano AQMD Board Vice Chair in 2015. Rexroad represents the Third District on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors.
Each will serve one year in their Yolo-Solano AQMD leadership roles.
“I’m honored to be selected by my peers to serve as the chair of the Yolo-Solano AQMD Board,” Vasquez said. “We can all agree that protecting clean air is vital, and I look forward to working with District management, my fellow Board members and the public to adopt smart policies in 2016.”
Winters City Councilmember Harold Anderson was the Board’s Chair in 2015.
The Yolo-Solano AQMD Board of Directors meets monthly. The 14-member board includes one member from each of the City Councils of Vacaville, Dixon, Rio Vista, West Sacramento, Davis, Winters and Woodland in addition to three members of the Solano County Board of Supervisors and four members of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors.