Stanislaus Community Air Monitoring Project & Emissions Reduction Project
VIP has set out an air quality campaign to educate the community in Stanislaus on local air quality aimed to record data that will in the end help reduce local air pollution in disadvantaged communities. The Stanislaus Community Air Monitoring Project (SCAMP) has several PM 2.5 monitors to fill in the gaps between the two state regulatory monitors located in Modesto and Turlock. Our Monitors are part of the SJVAir Community Air Monitoring network across the San Joaquin Valley. Community members can find monitors that read PM 2.5 levels closest to their home and can now receive text alerts on SJVAir.com.
The Stanislaus Community Emissions Reduction Project (SCERP) is a community-based committee from the most impacted communities in the county that will outline a plan to help reduce emissions intended to help mitigate the impacts of local air pollution through the lens of environmental justice.
Several communities have been successful at creating Community Emissions Reduction Plans (CERP) and have been funded by AB617 to help implement their CERP. While VIP and the SCERP committee are not part of the Community Air Protection Program nor funded to implement the final CERP, we plan to be ready for the implementation process through future funding.
CA Air Resources Board (CARB) has identified these communities so far:
Arvin/Lamont CERP is approved by CARB and can be a guiding example for SCERP Committee:
Our partners at Central Valley Air Quality Coalition (CVAQC)- created a Community Air Protection Guidebook, and is a resourceful tool for the SCERP Committee
The Community Steering Committee works with the Air District to define a specific goal for the Community Emission Reduction Program (CERP). The default is often: “To reduce and mitigate exposure to air pollutants.” However, one can get more detailed or specific.
- To reduce community exposure to air pollution
through investment in local homes, schools and small
- To prioritize reductions to the harmful air pollution
that is also accelerating global climate change.
- To protect sensitive populations from the impacts of
air pollution and climate change through investment
in local homes and neighborhoods, schools, parks and
Targets by 2030
Neighborhoods must have a lower number than 110 in a million of cancer risk, and local air emission sources should not exceed
- PM2.5: 1.2 micrograms/meters cubed
- Diesel PM: 0.13 micrograms/meters cubed
- Selects the communities which will be funded for these programs
- Ensure the committee is on track to meeting the overall goal
- Calculate the emission reductions needed to meet the community-identified targets.
- In partnership of the commmunity steering comitee, design the air monitoring plan
- Implements plan with the community
Community Emissions Reduction Committee
- Assign numerical targets to identified targets
- Design strategies to meet the targets
- In partnership with the SJV Air District, design the air monitoring plan
Polluting Sources in Stanislaus County
SCERP is identifying sources and emission types contributing to air pollution within the community to
support the development of a community emissions reduction program.
Source: Data from 2019: Obtained from CARB’s Pollution Mapping tool. Data from 2021 can be found on their website