In response to Assembly Bill 617 (C. Garcia, Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017), the California Air Resources Board established the Community Air Protection Program (CAPP or Program). The Program’s focus is to reduce exposure in communities most impacted by air pollution. This program is unique in the fact that residents from across the state could nominate their own community to the California Air Resource Board for consideration into the Program.
In March of 2018, a resident of Oceano nominated their community to the Program. A lack of ambient air quality monitoring in Oceano was identified in the nomination and to address this community concern, the APCD is allocating Community Air Protection funding to purchase, install, and manage particulate matter (PM) sensors in Oceano.
In the spring of 2019 the APCD deployed 5 monitors throughout Oceano:
Three monitors located at the Oceano Community Service District – an AirVisual Particulate Matter sensor, a US-EPA official BAM 1020 PM sampler, and another comparable PM monitor.
Two other AirVisual Particulate Matter sensors located on Rochelle Way and 22nd Street.
As of fall 2019, all three AirVisual sensors remain, but the additional monitors at the Oceano Community Services District have been removed.
The Community Air Protection Plan is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment– particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at: www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov.