An Air Quality Outreach Program For A Growing Small Urban Area

How does a growing community sustain livability? This is a critical question for small and medium sized communities throughout the nation that seek to sustain a quality of life as their communities grow--sometimes very rapidly. This paper describes how one such area, under the leadership and sponsorship of the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), addressed the question of sustaining its current clean air by first defining an Air Quality Vision and then developing an Educational Air Quality Outreach Program. The Central Yavapai County area is comprised of the Tri-Cities of Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Chino Valley, and includes the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe and portions of Yavapai County. Unlike many growing areas of Arizona, this area is currently in attainment of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for carbon monoxide, ozone (one-hour standard), and fine particulate matter (PM10). However, the dramatic population growth expected during the next twenty years may threaten this classification status. Moreover, the impending designation of a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) brings the possibility of federal requirements if air quality begins to deteriorate. In recognition of possible future air quality problems in growing areas throughout Arizona, ADOT sponsored an air quality visioning process for the Central Yavapai County region. This approach was unique--a practicable method to take action before air quality deteriorates and a community is faced with air quality requirements. The visioning process produced an implementation plan that included an Educational Air Quality Outreach Program as one of the top priority actions. This paper describes the general process used for developing this Outreach Program with the goal of long-range air quality sustainability. Toward this goal, this comprehensive Program was developed in coordination with an advisory committee. This paper also describes the components of the Program: 1) a slide show defining the problem and possible approaches to sustain clean air; 2) a prototype Web site that ADOT is currently implementing; 3) key air quality fact sheets; and 4) notebooks containing a range of educational materials. Furthermore, this paper discusses the Outreach Implementation Program and the Implementation Guidelines that were prepared for use by other Arizona communities that desire to sustain clean air.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Pagination: 12p
  • Monograph Title: Eighth National Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities, September 18-20, 2002, Cincinnati, Ohio

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01045204
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 14 2007 11:35AM