In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature funded a study to monitor air quality in Minnesota communities where people with low incomes and communities of color might be disproportionately impacted by pollution from highway traffic, air traffic, and industrial sources. These are areas of potential concern for environmental justice.
Communities were monitored for three to twelve months, after which the monitoring equipment was moved to the next site. The first community monitoring site started operating in fall 2013; the project has been extended through the end of 2018.
- Sample air in varying community locations.
- Analyze and compare results to data from the agency’s existing air monitoring network.
- Determine if there are significant differences between the community monitor locations and MPCA’s existing stationary monitors.
- Share results with legislators, neighborhood groups and the general public.
MPCA compiled a report summarizing the 2013-2015 community air monitoring project results. An update will include final data from the Bottineau/Marshall Terrace site.
Community monitoring site updates
The air quality monitoring site in the Phillips Community was located at the Little Earth Residential Complex, 2438 18th Avenue S, in Minneapolis. Air monitoring occurred from October through December 31, 2013.
- Little Earth Residential Complex - Short Summary
- Little Earth Residential Complex - Long Summary
- Little Earth PM2.5 Raw Data – October-December 2013
- Little Earth Air Toxics Raw Data – October-December 2013
The air quality monitoring site in the Thomas-Dale neighborhood was located at 533 North Dale Street in St. Paul. Air monitoring occurred from January through March 31, 2014.
- Thomas-Dale Community Monitoring - Short Summary
- Thomas-Dale Community Monitoring - Long Summary
- Thomas-Dale PM2.5 Raw Data – October-December 2013
- Thomas-Dale Air Toxics Raw Data – October-December 2013
The MPCA monitored air quality in the west side of St. Paul at 401 Concord Street from April 3, 2014, until June 30, 2014. Monitoring results indicated average metal values that were below health benchmarks, but were higher than other Twin Cities metro monitoring sites. In response to these findings and community concerns, the MPCA returned to the St. Paul West Side area in 2016 to monitor metal particles in the air with a monitor at the St. Paul Downtown Airport.
- St. Paul West Side Neighborhood — Short Summary
- St. Paul West Side Neighborhood — Long Summary
- St. Paul West Side PM2.5 Raw Data — April-June 2014
- St. Paul West Side Air Toxics Raw Data — April-June 2014
The Minneapolis-Greenway air monitoring site was located at the northeast corner of the intersection of East 28th Street and the Midtown Greenway in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis. The MPCA monitored ambient air quality at this site from July until October 2014.
- Greenway Community Monitoring — Short Summary
- Greenway Community Monitoring — Long Summary
- Greenway PM2.5 Raw Data — July-October 2014
- Greenway Air Toxics Raw Data — July-October 2014
The Harrison neighborhood roving monitoring site was located at 1600 Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis. The monitor ran from October through December 31, 2014.
- Harrison Community Monitoring – Short Summary
- Harrison Community Monitoring – Long Summary
- Harrison PM2.5 Raw Data — October-December 2014
- Harrison Air Toxics Raw Data — October-December 2014
The Lyndale neighborhood roving monitoring site was located at 3101 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis. This monitor ran from January until March 31, 2015.
- Lyndale Community Monitoring – Short Summary (aq8-32a)
- Lyndale Community Monitoring – Long Summary (aq8-32b)
- Lyndale PM2.5 Raw Data – January-March 2015 (aq8-32c)
- Lyndale Air Toxics Raw Data – January-March 2015 (aq8-32d)
The Payne Phalen community air monitoring site was at the Bruce Vento Elementary School located at 409 Case Avenue East in St. Paul. The monitor ran from April until June 30, 2015.
- Payne Phalen Community Monitoring – Short Summary
- Payne Phalen Community Monitoring – Long Summary
- Payne Phalen PM2.5 Raw Data – April-June 2015
- Payne Phalen Air Toxics Raw Data – April-June 2015
Supplementing two existing Duluth air monitoring sites, community air quality was monitored in the Denfeld area from July until December 31, 2015.
- Duluth Community Air Monitoring - Short Summary (aq8-34a)
- Duluth Community Air Monitoring - Long Summary
- Duluth PM25 Raw Data
- Duluth Air Toxics Raw Data - Jul-Dec 2015
The St. Paul's - St. Anthony Park neighborhood site (1908) was located at 2265 Robbins Street, between Highway 280 and Raymond Ave. This monitor operated from January until December 31, 2016.
- St. Paul – St. Anthony Park Neighborhood - Short summary (aq8-38)
- St. Paul – St. Anthony Park Neighborhood - Long summary (aq8-38a)
The St. Paul Downtown Airport monitoring site (818) was located at 719 Eaton Street, St. Paul. This monitor operated from January through December 31, 2016.
The Bottineau/Marshall Terrace site (1909) is located at 2252 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis. Monitoring began in January 2017; a preliminary summary of the 2017 monitoring results is posted. A final summary of monitoring results will be available after monitoring is completed in mid-2018.
Links to other information
A resource for individuals, communities, and employers concerned about how air pollution affects health. The site offers information about air pollution in Minnesota, both outdoor and indoor, and steps that people can take to protect their health.
A project of the Minnesota Tracking Program at Minnesota Department of Health, supported by a cooperative agreement from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Application provides a cross-section of environmental information based on the user's location.
For more information, please contact:
- Kari Palmer, 651-757-2635, Kari.Palmer@state.mn.us