Smart Monitoring in the Foothills

Mar 19, 2018

Western Piedmont Council of Governments install smart air pollution monitors in four countiesWPCOG2

Clean Air Carolina (CAC) is partnering with Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) to deploy smart air quality sensors in four North Carolina counties. The partnership resulted from a presentation CAC’s Citizen Science Manager Calvin Cupini made last summer at the annual air quality meeting sponsored by WPCOG at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

The meeting included state officials and stakeholders from around the foothills area. Calvin emphasized the importance of knowing the impact of particle pollution on human health and how exposure to it can often go unnoticed. Fine particle pollution or PM2.5, is an invisible pollutant and is one of six criteria pollutants monitored by the federal government. Currently, in North Carolina at this time, there are only 23 regulatory particle monitors for the entire state.WPCOG

Clean Air Carolina and WPCOG have plans to set up monitors in Alexander, Burke, Catawba, and Caldwell counties. This will be the first time these areas have had smart, real-time air pollution monitors. Three of the monitors are already up and running in …. and can be seen on our live streaming map! Special thanks to ….. and ….. At WPCOG for working with us on this partnership.

Citizens in Action

Clean Air Carolina is deploying a network of smart sensors in every single North Carolina county in 2018. We need your help! If you are in a county not yet covered on the map, become an AirKeeper today, and we can arrange a monitor in your area!