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Community Air Screen Program

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What is the Community Air Screen program?

This community-based program works with volunteers from local communities to screen for toxic air pollutants in order to begin to address some local air quality concerns. The goal of the Community Air Screen program is for community groups and citizens to partner with DEC to collect local-scale air samples.

What's New?

DEC releases more Community Air Screen sampling results!

DEC staff and a teacher discuss Community Air Screen sampling

What's in the report?

The reports discuss the sampling and methods that were used to evaluate the sampling results. Technical appendices were added to include information on controlling air pollution sources as well as the uses, sources and potential exposure to Community Air Screen air toxics for people interested in knowing more about air toxics and how they are regulated in New York. To learn more, several reports for sampling in various counties are available below.

We'll be Busy Working on Projects

Of the 42 applications received, the following 22 applications were selected statewide:

Community Air Screen Program Participants
County Organization or Individual
Albany Clean Air Neighborhoods
Dutchess Marta Knapp - Poughkeepsie
Erie Commodore Perry Tenant Council
Franklin & St. Lawrence Akwesasne Task Force on the Environment
Kings The Harmony Park Health Initiative
Prospect Park Quiet Skies & SAVE Bed Stuyvesant Community Organization
Niagara Highland Community Revitalization Committee
Onondaga Partnership of Council of Park Friends for Clark Reservation
and Jamesville Positive Action Committee (JamPAC)
Doreen Miori-Merola
Ontario & Seneca Partnership of Finger Lakes Zero Waste Coalition, Inc and
Concerned Citizens of Seneca County
Queens Eastern Queens Alliance
Jackson Heights Beautification Group
Locust Grove Civic Association
United Community Civic Association
Suffolk County Brookhaven Village Association & South Yaphank Civic Association
Medford Taxpayers & Civic Association
Joseph Dispigno - West Babylon
Partnership of Kings Park Civic Association, San Remo Civic Association,
and Commack Community Association
Ulster City of Kingston Parks and Recreation
Warren Heather Shoudy Brechko and Jason Brechko - Glens Falls

Letters were sent notifying all applicants whether their application was selected or not. An instruction brochure (PDF) (245 KB) and field log (PDF) (108 KB) are available now for download.

Watch a clip about how to take a good air sample. Check out other clips on DEC's YouTube Channel.
Students take an air sample along a bike path

Other Communities Participating in Citizen Sampling Programs

  • Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency - Citizen Air Sampling Program (See right column "Links Leaving DEC's website")
  • Western Australia, Department of Environment and Conservation - Community Air Sampling Program (See right column "Links Leaving DEC's website")

Additional Information

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