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Albany's South End Neighborhood Air Quality Initiative

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 fixed monitoring station at Ezra Prentice homes

The 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 to better understand the nature of these sources in their neighborhood and to address the community's concerns.

What's New?

All monitors have been installed and are up and running as part of the Community Air Quality Study. Results (link leaves DEC's website) for many of the pollutants monitored can be viewed online.

On January 10 and 18, 2018 (PDF) (1.15 MB, 49 pgs), DEC staff updated the community on the progress of the study. Staff discussed the importance of analyzing traffic information with measured pollutants, gathering a complete year of data, and the progress of the benzene sampling.

Learn More About the Initiative

Community Air Quality Study

Learn more about the air quality monitoring taking place in Albany South End.

A smoking diesel truck getting inspected

Facility and Vehicle Inspections

More about vehicle and facility inspections in and around the South End.


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

Updating the Community

View presentations from community meetings and find responses to questions asked about the study.

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