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Albany's South End Neighborhood Air Quality Initiative

DEC designed the Albany South End Community Air Quality Study in response to community concerns regarding air quality in this community. The report, factsheets, and the presentation provided to the community on November 6, 2019 are available as downloadable PDFs.

The study formally ended in the fall of 2018. In January 2020, the fixed monitoring site at Ezra Prentice was discontinued.

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DEC and You - Working Together for Cleaner Air

Air monitoring station located at Ezra Prentice in Albany
Environmental artwork produced by local youths on
the now-discontinued fixed monitoring station
at Ezra Prentice homes

Residents in Albany's South End have expressed concern about air quality in their neighborhood. DEC takes these concerns seriously and is committed to ensuring that all New Yorkers have healthy air to breathe. This is especially true for those who live, work and play close to potential sources of pollution. The air quality near port communities like Albany's South End is impacted by trucks, trains, marine vessels, cargo handling equipment, oil and gas storage, and industrial facilities handling petroleum products. DEC partnered with the community study and to better understand the nature of these sources in their neighborhood and to address the community's concerns.

Learn More About the Community Air Quality Study

Read an overview of the air quality monitoring study.

Learn about DEC's screening assessment to look for sources of odors in the Port of Albany.

A DEC staff member working with STEP students

More about Albany's South End Neighborhood Air Quality Initiative:

  • Albany South End Community Air Quality Study - This year-long community study will evaluate the air quality in Albany South End.
  • Albany South End Community Air Quality Screening - In 2014, NYSDEC staff met with residents in the community and designed a short-term air quality survey to address the community's concerns about potential air quality impacts due to the movement and storage of crude oil in the area.
  • Odors & Hydrogen Sulfide - DEC conducted a screening assessment to look for sources of odors in the Port of Albany. Staff measured hydrogen sulfide in the Port in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
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