AACOG's Natural Resources Department addresses air quality issues in the region by bringing together stakeholders from all interests - government, industry, business, and residents - to better understand ozone and other air pollutants, and encourage regional collaboration in support of air quality improvement.
The air quality technical projects at AACOG include air pollution monitoring, air quality data analysis, emission inventory development, modeling, and reporting. The air quality outreach and education programs at AACOG address a wide range of topics, including fuels and vehicles, energy efficiency, ride sharing, incentives, vehicle operation and maintenance, and Ozone Action Day Alerts.
Natural Resources staff conduct technical and outreach projects with guidance from the Air Quality Committee consisting of elected officials from the AACOG Board of Directors.
AACOG’s Natural Resources Department addresses air quality issues in the region by bringing together stakeholders from all interests - government, industry, business, and residents - to implement air pollution reduction strategies that benefit our quality of life.
Guided by the Air Quality Committee, which represents different sectors of the community, staff members conduct technical projects that provide the data analysis necessary for air quality planning.
Projects & Programs
AACOG’s air quality and outreach programs complement its technical work by increasing knowledge of and encouraging participation in pollution reduction measures.
Smoking Vehicle Reporting System
Did you know it is against the law for your car to produce smoke for more than 10 seconds? AACOG has launched its Smoking Vehicle Reporting System, where you can report vehicles that you see emitting visible smoke for at least 10 seconds. We will send the vehicle owner a letter informing them of the violation and encouraging regular vehicle maintenance.
If your vehicle was reported as smoking and you repaired the problem, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ambient Air Quality Monitoring
AACOG has been monitoring ozone in the region since 2002 and currently owns and operates seven ozone monitors, four nitrogen oxide (NOx) monitors, and a volatile organic compound (VOC) monitor. NOx and VOCs are precursors to ozone, meaning they react chemically to form ozone, as ozone is not emitted directly.
Monitoring air quality allows us to develop a better understanding of the behavior of air pollutants - how they form, where they go, where they come from - and how to best reduce their presence in our airshed.
There are over two dozen air quality monitors located all over the AACOG Region. These monitors record meteorological conditions like wind, and pollutants like ozone, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, and other criteria pollutants. To view the current day's air quality conditions, please visit the TCEQ Daily Summary Report by Site.
Click the map to see other monitors across the state.
Alamo Area Clean Cities
The Alamo Area Clean Cities Coalition works with vehicle fleets, fuel providers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to save energy and promote the use of domestic fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in the transportation sector. Learn more.
Regional Energy Management
AACOG is partnering with the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) to provide resources to assist in the implementation of energy efficiency and energy management programs. This will include trainings, workshops, and assistance with other energy related issues. Learn More.