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But the biggest challenges may lie ahead. Maintaining what we have may be the biggest challenge yet. Even in our cleanest year, the Bay Area is still not in attainment with State ozone and particulate matter (PM) standards. Expected increases in population, motor vehicle ownership and distances traveled and climate change will exacerbate this situation and could turn the clock back if we do not begin to address these issues now.

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The Air Monitoring Program of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District operates a 32-station monitoring network and oversees the necessary repair, maintenance, and quality-control activities.

The monitoring network provides the data required to determine whether the Bay Area is in compliance with state and federal air quality standards. Air monitoring data are also used for air quality forecasts, Clean Air Plan modeling, Prevention of Significant Deterioration permit modeling, and Environmental Impact Reports. Some of the monitoring sites include toxics sampling equipment.

Sampling projects such as PM2.5 speciation sampling and short-term studies in specific communities (Cupertino and Berkeley, for example) provide data for the development of air quality plans and updated regulations, and further our understanding of air quality in the Bay Area.

Last Updated: 8/26/2013