As stewards of healthful air supporting a healthy environment, our mission is to:
realize and preserve clean air for all,
promote community & individual responsibility for air quality, and
provide quality & cost-effective service.
To carry out this mission, District staff monitor the air quality, review land use projects, develop and enforce rules and regulations, issue permits, and have created a long-term Clean Air Plan for our county. We are the primary agency responsible for achieving clean air standards established by the California Air Resources Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The District works with government, industry, businesses and the public to reduce air pollution from stationary sources, such as power plants, corner gas stations and local dry cleaners. By involving all members of the community, the District works to preserve air quality at the local level. The support and cooperation of the public and businesses is crucial to the success of our efforts.
Since motor vehicles contribute over half of the air pollution in the county, the APCD also implements programs to promote alternative means of transportation, such as carpooling, telecommuting and the use of clean vehicle technologies. The District also promotes pedestrian and transit oriented design in new developments. Mobile sources, such as cars, trucks, trains and marine vessels, fall outside of the Air District's jurisdiction and are regulated by state and federal agencies that establish the air pollution emission standards for vehicles and the fuel they run on.
Click here to find out more about APCD programs throughout the county.