Community Air Grant - The San Ysidro Air Monitoring Network: Expanding the Model Community to Community

Summary

SCH Number
2018108019
Lead Agency
Air Resources Board
Document Title
Community Air Grant - The San Ysidro Air Monitoring Network: Expanding the Model Community to Community
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
10/2/2018

Document Description
Casa Familiar will use Community Air Grants funds to conduct community outreach, technical trainings, and maintain and expand current community-led air monitoring network. The project will hold approx. three community-training events, maintain 13 current air monitoring sites (existing), and deploy 100 Edimax brand sensors (new) to monitor community air for particulate matter (PM). Edimax brand sensors are small devices; approx. dimensions and weight are 150mm x 110mm x 47mm; and 201g. Sensors will be deployed in indoor/outdoor pairs of existing building such as residences, school, or public or private facilities, in San Ysidro. The project will provide resident with necessary data to understand air quality impacts better through a preexisting website, www.syairstudy.org, which the air grants will help maintain. Community Air Grant fund will additionally be used to conduct at least two snapshot measures of black carbon and ultrafine PM using temporary research-grade instruments (aethalometer) by university researcher partners. The Project will use the data to develop public health initiatives, raise awareness, and engage with government stakeholders. Residents of San Ysidro will benefit from improved access to air quality information, and great community- engagement. Other activities funded by grand funds include: providing local jobs and training for air monitoring, identifying air pollution hotspots, and increasing dialog with air quality stakeholders to help reduce air pollution in San Ysidro.

Contact Information
Rachel Pallatin
Air Resources Board
1001 I Street PO Box 2815
Sacramento, CA 95812

Phone : (916) 324-3502

Location

Counties
San Diego

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15061, 15301, 15306
Reasons for Exemption
In accordance with CEQA, the use of the Common Sense Exemption is based on the "general rule that CEQA applies only to projects which have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment." (CEQA Guidelines, 15061(b)(3)). The use of this exemption is appropriate if "it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the project may have a significant effect on the environment." With certainty, there is no possibility that the project may have a significant effect on the environment. The project consists of community outreach activities, education and training program through community workshops, air monitoring and displaying data on a pre-existing website. *See NOE for full details.
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