Community Air Monitoring Network
Harris County VOC monitoring locations (purple crosses) and PM 2.5 (red crosses) with TRI facility locations (dots). The polygons encapsulate the nearest monitor for the area within – this illustrates the lack of monitoring coverage in many high-risk areas.
What We're Doing
A community-based air monitoring network
To inform county air monitoring, we have built our own community-based air monitoring network. We currently have air monitors in Pasadena and Galena Park/Jacinto City and three of Houston’s ‘Complete Communities’: Kashmere Gardens, Gulfton, and Near Northside/Northline, with plans for more.
This low-cost network is being designed to address neighborhood-level air quality concerns in communities with the greatest risks. It comprises a mix of air monitors in strategic locations, including Purple Air particulate matter monitors and APIS air monitors that detect common pollutants.
This additional air monitoring capacity is helping us identify and raise awareness about air pollution sources in neighborhoods most impacted by poor air quality. Equally importantly, it guides community action planning around issues of concern.
Check out our air monitoring dashboards to view our current Community Air Monitoring Network and monitor air quality in your community.
Community partners make it possible to maintain our network:
- Baker Ripley Promise School
- Galena Park Multiservices
- Jacinto City Hall
- Launch Point CC
- Natural Health Care Massage
- St. Peter’s Epsicopal Church
- Westward Square Apartments
Air Quality Ambassadors
Our Air Quality Ambassadors program gives residents the chance to learn about the technical aspects of air quality including map reading, types of air pollution, and the air monitors, while using their community connections to grow the network and spread information. Ambassadors receive stipends for attending and completing the training.
- Jean Vega – Galena Park
- Carolyn Smith – Kashmere Gardens
- Sandra Edwards – Kashmere Gardens
Want to host an air monitor, become an ambassador, or have questions about CAMP? Please contact Community Air Monitoring Program Manager Juan Flores at [email protected] | 713.553.6351
Presentations and action plans
We hold meetings with community members and partners to share results from our air monitoring network and then use this information to work together on community action plans for clean air. Our data presentations and community action plans are below:
Environmental Protection for the 21st Century: Putting Equity at the Top of the Agenda – Community Air Monitoring Network Case Study – A Case Study of AAH CAMP by the American University Center for Environmental Policy