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Western Colorado Regional Air Quality Collaboration

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.



  • Agenda Information Pending
The Collaboration serves a number of purposes:
  • This group provides local governments with a direct line of contact to the Air Pollution Control Division.
    • Instead of wondering who the best person to contact is for a certain topic, there are two points of contact at the Division (Lisa Clarke and Kaitlin Stabrava) that they can ask technical (and high level) questions. These contacts may be able to immediately respond.
    • This is a proactive approach. Forming these relationships prior to becoming nonattainment areas or having some type of serious air quality issue is essential. The Collaboration has had a lot of interesting conversations and heard discussions surrounding various air quality topics since being formed in early 2012.
  • The Collaboration encourages inter-governmental open dialogue (both between the State and among local governments) and serves as a primary communication mechanism.
    • These regions share airsheds – air knows no boundaries, so working together will result in optimal solutions in the future.
  • It provides air quality education and outreach opportunities for local governments.


Air Quality Control Commission

Presentation: 2013 AQCC Retreat pdf file

Air Quality Awareness Week

2013 Air Quaility Awareness Week Summary pdf file

Communication with Local Communities

Presentation: Air Quality Collaborative Resources pdf file

Guidance on the Air Quality Index and Health Messages pdf file  

Presentation: Social Media and Web Resources pdf file

Presentation: New Member Review pdf file  


County Air Pollutant Inventories 

Colorado Directors of Environmental Health Presentation on County Air Emission Inventories pdf file

Presentation: County Air Pollutant Inventories pdf file

NOx Emissions Fact Sheet pdf file

Dust Storms 

Dust Storms Presentation pdf file

Indoor Air Quality

Lead Presentation pdf file

Mold Presentation pdf file

Indoor Burning

CDPHE Guidance on Residential Burning pdf file

EPA Guidance for Reducing Residential Wood Smoke pdf file

Woodburning Tips- Local News ReleaseTemplate word document

Woodburning News Release pdf file

Wood Burning Tips pdf file


Inspections and Enforcement  

APCD Field Services Contacts by County pdf file


Colorado Air Quality Monitoring Sites pdf file

Oil and Gas Development

CDPHE Oil and Gas Consultation Program Fact Sheet pdf file

Presentation: Energy Development and Air Quality pdf file

Open Burning

Colorado Open Burning Fact Sheet pdf file

Presentation: Routt County Open Burning pdf file


2013 Running Ozone Update through 7-31-13 pdf file


Presentation- Air Permitting pdf file

Regulatory Updates

Oil and Gas Reg Changes Presentation pdf file

Particle Pollution NAAQS Revisions of 2012 pdf file

Supplemental Environmental Projects

Presentation: Supplemental Environmental Projects pdf file


Wildfire Communication Presentation pdf file

More information

Lisa Devore


Kaitlin Stabrava