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The August 2013 edition of Air Aware includes stories on the District's new clean transportation program, recent local air quality and much more.
Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District

Yolo-Solano Go Clean: A one-stop shop for clean transportation info

Yolo-Solano Go CleanAn estimated 70 percent of the pollutants that make up smog in the Sacramento region come from cars and trucks. As the region, including Yolo-Solano communities, remains short of federal air quality standards for smog, cutting back on vehicle emissions is a high priority.

To help the region achieve healthy air standards, Yolo-Solano AQMD has launched Yolo-Solano Go Clean, a public outreach program promoting a local shift to clean transportation. Clean transportation comes in several forms: clean vehicles, ridesharing, public transit, bicycling and walking. Go Clean’s objective is to boost awareness and adoption of those modes locally.

The program’s website – YSGoClean.org – is a resource on the clean transportation modes and existing programs designed to shift the transportation mix in a cleaner direction, including commuter tax benefits. Workshops, forums and training sessions will be held in Yolo-Solano communities on important clean transportation topics, as well.

Local air remains clean in June, July

Despite a couple of heat waves, air quality in Yolo-Solano remained healthy throughout June and July. There was one day in July in which a regional smoky haze from out-of-area wildfires led to air quality that was unhealthy for sensitive groups in Rio Vista.

The following charts show the number of days in each Air Quality Index (AQI) range for each month. Click to enlarge.





Be sure to check out our FAQ on the AQI.

Bike valet, Go Clean info available at Yolo County Fair

The Woodland Bike Campaign is hosting a free bike valet service at the Yolo County Fair this year. Beginning Thursday, August 15, the Bike Campaign will be stationed at the bike racks near the Gum Avenue entrance to the fairgrounds to provide bike valet service, offer safety inspections and display some off-beat cycles.

Bike valet service will be offered from 3-9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 12-6 p.m. on Sunday.

Yolo-Solano AQMD staff will also be available to discuss clean transportation at its booth in the main exhibit hall throughout the Fair.

EPA acknowledges 'clean data' on particulates for region

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which has federal authority on air quality, in July informed the air districts of the Sacramento region that monitoring data from 2009 through 2011 shows attainment of the federal standard for fine particulate pollution.

The EPA had previously determined the air districts, including Yolo-Solano AQMD, to be out of attainment on fine particulates.

The air districts will next collaborate on a regional plan to maintain healthy air quality. Fine particulate pollution typically peaks during the winter, though summer and fall wildfires also spike particulate levels. The EPA will subsequently formally designate the region as being in attainment of the particulate pollution standard.
Yolo-Solano Mower Exchange

Last chance for electric mower rebates

The 2013 Yolo-Solano Mower Exchange has been extended through the end of August. Under the program, Yolo and Solano County residents can receive a $120 rebate when they turn in a gas-powered mower and purchased an eligible electric mower. To participate, you must first get a voucher packet. Request one and find more information at ysaqmd.org/mowers.
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