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Pilot Agricultural Chipping Program Survey

The District was awarded funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2021 Targeted Airshed Program to develop a pilot Agricultural Chipping Program to provide an alternative to open burning of orchard pullouts and prunings.

A short survey has been developed to gather information regarding interest for the current funding available, future chipping needs that will help District staff apply for additional funds, and develop a larger program. Agricultural businesses within the District that are interested in participating in the program are encouraged to complete the survey using the link below.

Survey participants will be added to an interest list for when the program opens.

Take the Survey

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Zero-Emission Class 8 Freight and Port Drayage Trucks Funding Opportunity – Opens August 9th

Looking for a way to fund a new Zero-Emission Class 8 Freight or Port Drayage Truck? 

Approximately $9 million in project funds is available for Program Announcement #PA2021-01 for the VW Mitigation Program – Zero-Emission Class 8 Freight and Port Drayage Trucks category. The South Coast Air Quality Management District is managing the solicitation for this program. 

This solicitation will be available to eligible entities statewide on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be accepted online beginning August 9, 2022, 1:00 PM.  The solicitation will close when all funds have been fully allocated.

Learn more about the program. 

In Memoriam Mat Ehrhardt, P.E.

YSAQMD is sad to announce the passing of Executive Director and Air Pollution Control Officer, Mat Ehrhardt, P.E.

It is with profound sadness that the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (YSAQMD) announces the passing of Executive Director and Air Pollution Control Officer Mat Ehrhardt, P.E. on June 26, 2022.

Mat held a degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University of Sacramento, where he was on the Dean’s list (1990-1992) and a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.   He came to the District in 1997 as an Associate Air Quality Engineer, earning his Professional Engineering license in Mechanical Engineering in 1997 before promoting to Supervising Air Quality Engineer in 2000 and then Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer in 2002. In 2005, he became the Executive Director of YSAQMD, leading operations for nearly 20 years.

Mat was a strong advocate for clean air, but in a way that made sense for all stakeholders, including the regulated community. Though Yolo-Solano is a medium size district, Mat’s impact on statewide air quality policy issues was undeniable, including serving as President of the California Air Pollution Control Officer’s Association from 2009 to 2010.

District staff extend their deepest condolences to his wife, daughter and family and asks to keep them in your thoughts at this difficult time. 

Read the full announcement here.

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Tee – Greater Sacramento area chapter: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/SacramentoAreaYouthGolfAssoci/Memorial.html

First Tee – Greater Sacramento is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that teaches children life skills through purposed golf lessons.

YSAQMD Incentive and Grant Programs

In an effort to encourage clean-air improvements and projects by our partners and to help make the improvements affordable, the District funds a variety of incentive programs that directly benefit the public. In 2021, the District awarded a total of $1,760,689 through incentive programs. Read more about these incentive programs below. 

In spring 2022, the District held solicitations for several new and returning incentive programs. The Carl Moyer Program, FARMER Program and the Clean Air Funds program have closed the solicitation period.

The Woodsmoke Reduction Program is currently open and accepting applications for the voucher program. 

Find out more about these incentive programs below and sign up for email updates on individual programs. 

Carl Moyer Program 

FARMER Program

Clean Air Funds

Woodsmoke Reduction Program 

Sign Up Today

Gasoline Dispensing Facilities Veeder Root ISD Software Advisory

An Advisory has been issued for Gasoline Dispensing Facilities (GDF) that have a Veeder Root monitoring console with In Station Diagnostic (ISD) software. GDFs with ISD software installed are permitted to dispense more than 600,000 gallons of gasoline annually. 

IF THIS ADVISORY APPLIES TO MY GDF, WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?
No later than March 31, 2023, complete Option #1 or Option #2. The District recommends that the chosen option is implemented when the facility already has a service contractor on-site for other repairs or regular testing. Failing to complete an option by the deadline may result in
enforcement.

District inspectors will verify current compliance at GDFs during regular inspections, but the
District would appreciate a courtesy notification when a facility corrects this problem. Please send a brief email to gdf@ysaqmd.org with the following information:
• Facility name and address
• Date of repair work
• Specify if software was updated (Option 1) or if ACCEPT HIGH ORVR is ENABLED (Option 2).

Read the entire advisory here.