Colorado, like many other states, has worked for years to improve air quality in areas where pollution levels have exceeded health standards. Taking what was learned in these areas, Colorado has created a voluntary partnership for communities that are interested in air quality topics. In order to promote consistency and collaboration regarding air quality issues in local communities, cities, and counties, the Division formed the Western Colorado Regional Air Quality Collaboration in January 2012. The Collaboration started with four counties and now has twenty-eight counties and two cities as participants (July 2013).
The collaboration has fostered projects to address air quality issues such as fine particulate matter, windblown dust, wood smoke, industrial pollution, and odors. The projects rely on collaboration between state and local jurisdictions. All interested local governments west of the Continental Divide are encouraged to participate in the Collaboration.
The Collaboration serves a number of purposes:
It is important to note the growing interest and momentum of the Collaboration. The first meeting in January 2012 counted 4 counties and now has grown to twenty-eight counties and two cities! We hope to expand further in the future!
Air Quality Control Commission
Air Quality Awareness Week
Communication with Local Communities
County Air Pollutant Inventories
Indoor Air Quality
Inspections and Enforcement
Oil and Gas Development
Supplemental Environmental Projects