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Air at Pima County DEQ

The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) monitors air quality to ensure that the county meets and maintains national air quality health standards. PDEQ also provides public outreach and education regarding environmental issues, including air quality. Real-time air quality data and the Air Quality Index (AQI) are available to provide sensitive populations with information to protect their health.

As part of its role in the community, PDEQ offers educational, regulatory and professional groups tours of its air quality monitoring facilities. Our highly trained staff can explain various aspects of air quality monitoring to these groups. Many schools, including the University of Arizona, utilize these tours in their curriculum. Please call, Beth Gorman, our Community Outreach Contact, at 724-7446 or email her at Beth.Gorman@deq.pima.gov if you would like more information on this service.

Our goal is to improve air quality by identifying air pollution problems, conducting inspections, reviewing permit applications to assure compliance with existing air pollution regulations and empowering individuals to take action for clean air.

Visit the links on the right to learn more.


Air Quality Programs

Air Information and Education

Air Info Now - Real time air quality information, air quality activities, educational curriculum, and pollutant heath effects
Airville - Learn All About How We HELP or HURT Our Air
Clean Air Program - In depth information about Pima County's Clean Air Program
Education and Outreach - FREE environmental education and outreach for youth, business, association, agency, and community groups of all ages and affiliations in Pima County
Fugitive Dust Program - Airborne dust rules, regulations and information
Kids For Clean Air - Activities for kids
Ozone Outreach & Education - What PDEQ is doing to help reduce ground level ozone

Air Quality and Clean Air Program Telephone Survey
This Campaign Effectiveness Travel Behavioral Study, conducted for the PIMA COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY, was designed to evaluate the specific effectiveness of the 2012-2013 Clean Air Campaign, as well as analyze the overall effectiveness of the air quality media campaign.

Executive Summary
Full Report

Major Community Events

Earth Day Festival 2009 - Inspiring Eco Messages - April 4, 2009

Pollution Reduction Programs

26 Ways to Reduce Air Pollution
Air Pollution Quiz

Air Quality Inspections Program

Air Quality Permitting Program

Ambient Air Monitoring Program

Monitoring our Air
2012 Annual Air Quality Data Summary
20121 Annual Air Quality Data Summary Appendix

Asbestos Program - This information will help you understand asbestos: what it is, its health effects, where it is in your home, and what to do about it.



Workshops and Seminars

Upcoming Workshops and Seminars


Previous Workshops and Seminars

2008 Environmental Summit & Agenda, PDEQ's presentations on Air Quality Permitting and Compliance & Enforcement (pdf). More information about EPA's clean air act stationary source policies and guidance. Includes guidance on timely and appropriate enforcement response to high priority violators (HPVs).
Biofuels Seminar
Symposium for Environmental & Economic Dynamics, February 24, 2005 - Arizona ELM and Maricopa County Air Quality Department present:  "An engaging conference on factoring economics into a variety of environmental issues for industry, government and academia."
Moving Down the Road to Cleaner Air - A Workshop on Diesel Emissions Reduction Strategies, Tucson, June 29, 2005


Other Resources

Air Pollution & Your Health - Information on air pollution and your health.

Air Pollution & Your Health Brochure (PDF - 2,500Kb)

Pima Association of Governments (PAG) - PAG provides information on RideShare, transportation planning, as well as air and water quality issues within Pima County.

Sun Tran - Sun Tran provides bus service for Tucson and surrounding areas. Check their website or call 792-9222 for schedule, fare and route information.

State of the Air 2012 - The State of the Air 2012 report looks at levels of ozone and particle pollution found in official monitoring sites across the United States in 2008, 2009, and 2010. The report uses the most current quality-assured nationwide data available for these analyses.

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