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- Selection year: 2018
- Selected for: Community Air Monitoring Plan
- Air District: Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
- CARB Community Lead Contact: Jennifer Magana
The South Sacramento-Florin community is located in the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) and is located south of the downtown area. The primary air pollution concern is from mobile sources from freeway impacts and rail activity, along with commercial and residential sources. The South Sacramento-Florin community has a high cumulative air pollution exposure burden, a significant number of sensitive receptors, and includes census tracts that have been designated as disadvantaged communities. Further study of air pollutants in the community of South Sacramento-Florin would provide additional data on localized impacts within the recommended community, an improved understanding of the relative contribution of various sources, and will serve to inform the development of strategies to reduce emissions in future years of the Program.
The South Sacramento-Florin community is 4 square miles and has a population of approximately 27,000. Traffic impacts in the community include the traffic on Highway 99 and traffic to and from the warehouse areas adjacent to South Sacramento-Florin traverses the community. Residential wood smoke in the wintertime is another pollution source impacting this community. Sensitive receptors in the community include 9 schools, 9 licensed daycare facilities, and 4 hospitals. The community has high levels of unemployment, and high rates of asthma, and low birth weight infants.
Community Air Monitoring
In 2018, the Community was nominated by the District and selected by CARB as a monitoring community. The District published the South-Sacramento - Florin Community Air Monitoring Plan in July 2020.
The Community Air Monitoring Plan identifies areas of interest for AB 617 monitoring such as stationary and mobile sources, monitoring site locations, sampling schedules, and types of equipment and strategies. The plan was designed to obtain detailed air pollution levels through the Community, determine areas in the community of highest risk, quantify sources of air pollution within the community, and to position the Community to develop emissions reduction strategies and monitor the effectiveness of those strategies.
CARB and the District have historically implemented air monitoring which includes regulatory monitoring in Sacramento County. The AB 617 community air monitoring plan is specifically designed with the community steering committee input to measure and collect localized and elevated air pollution levels data. The District considered health statistics, air quality concerns from residents in multiple communities, as well as screening tools that combine environmental, health, and socio-economic information to calculate community-wide risk factors in the planning and implementation of community air monitoring. Community-level expertise through steering committee meetings and input from a broad range of stakeholders supported the District's development of this plan.
The collection of comprehensive air quality data is essential to develop emissions reduction plans and strategies. The monitoring data is being provided to CARB and is available on AQView where monitoring data from other AB 617 community air monitoring plans are also included.
Community engagement is a key part of the AB 617 program. Air districts are responsible for convening a community steering committee using an open and transparent nomination process. Community steering committees create new, and foster existing, local partnerships which drive the AB 617 program. In this advisory role, community steering committees oversee the development and implementation of the program such as in community identification, community air monitoring, and community emissions reduction programs. The steering committee aims to identify metrics, track progress, solicit, and share information with the South Sacramento, Florin community. The current Community Steering Committee was selected representing a diverse range of community viewpoints.
The current Community Steering Committee charter describes the South Sacramento, Florin Community Steering Committee membership process, how meetings are conducted, and how information is made available to its members and the public.