Community Air Monitoring Project

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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 and the community air monitoring project is currently scheduled to continue through the end of 2017.

While monitoring from April to June 2014 in the St. Paul West Side community, 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 to monitor metal particles in the air.  This monitor was placed in the southeast area of the St. Paul Downtown Airport. Monitoring started January 2016 and ended in December 2016. 

As results from the project become available, they will be shared on this webpage.

Objectives

  1. Sample air in varying community locations.
  2. Analyze and compare results to data from the agency’s existing air monitoring network.
  3. Determine if there are significant differences between the community monitor locations and MPCA’s existing stationary monitors.
  4. Share results with legislators, neighborhood groups and the general public.

Community monitoring site updates

The air quality monitoring site in the Phillips Community was located at the Little Earth Residential Complex, 2438 18th Avenue Street, in Minneapolis. Air monitoring occurred from October 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013. A summary of the monitoring results and files of the raw data are available in these documents:

map of Little Earth neighborhood

 

Little Earth neighborhood

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 1, 2014, through March 31, 2014. A summary of the monitoring results and files of the raw data are available in these documents:

Frogtown Neighborhood Map 4

 

Frogtown Neighborhood

The MPCA monitored air quality in the west side of St. Paul at 401 Concord Street from April 3, 2014, until June 30, 2014. A summary of the monitoring results and files of the raw data are available in these documents:

West St Paul-1903-Neighborhood Map

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. A summary of the monitoring results and files of the raw data are available in these documents:

Map of Minneapolis-Greenway air monitoring site

The Harrison neighborhood roving monitoring site was located at 1600 Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis. The monitor ran from October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.

Map of Minneapolis Harrison air monitoring site

Minneapolis Harrison air monitoring site

The Lyndale neighborhood roving monitoring site was located at 3101 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis. This monitor ran from January 1, 2015, until March 31, 2015. A summary of the monitoring results and files of the raw data are available in these documents:

Lyndale Map

 

 1906 Lyndale Photo

The Payne Phalen community air monitoring site was at the Bruce Vento Elementary School located at 409 Case Avenue East in St. Paul, Minn. The monitor ran from April 1, 2015, until June 30, 2015.  A summary of the monitoring results and files of the raw data are available in these documents:

 Map showing location of Payne Phalen air quality monitoring site

Photo of Payne Phalen air quality monitor

Supplementing two existing Duluth air monitoring sites, community air quality was monitored in the Denfeld, areas from July 1, 2015, to December 31, 2015.  A summary of the monitoring results and files of the raw data are available in these documents:

Duluth – Denfeld, Oneota and Lincoln Park neighborhoods air quality monitoring map

Map of St. Anthony Park Neighborhood air monitoring site

The St. Paul's - St. Anthony Park neighborhood site (1908) was located at 2265 Robbins Street, St. Paul, MN between Highway 280 and Raymond Ave. This monitor operated from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. A summary of results is available in this document.

 

 

Picture of monitoring equipment at 1908 St Paul - South St Anthony Park

The St. Paul Downtown Airport site (818) is located at 719 Eaton Street, St. Paul, MN at the St. Paul Downtown Airport.  This monitor operated from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.  A summary of results is in this document.

PDF icon Community air Monitoring Project: St. Paul Downtown Airport-Holman Field (aq8-39)Map of downtown St. Paul, covering I-94, I-35E, and US 52

The Bottineau/Marshall Terrace site (1909) is located at 2252 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis. Monitoring began in January 2017 and is expected to continue until December 2017. A preliminary summary of the monitoring results through July 2017 is available in this document. A final summary of monitoring results will be available after monitoring is completed in 2018.

PDF icon Community Air Monitoring Project: Bottineau/Marshall Terrace (aq8-37)

 

2014 interim report

A summary report describing the 2013-2014 community air monitoring project results is now available for download below. In addition to summarizing the air monitoring results, lessons learned to date from this project are reported and discussed.

2013-15 final report
 

A final report summarizing the 2013-2015 community air monitoring project results is now available for download below.  Summarized results include the first nine sites described above.

Links to other information

HTML icon BeAirAwareMN.org

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.

HTML icon Minnesota public health data access portal (MDH)

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).

HTML icon MyEnvironment search (U.S. EPA)

Application provides a cross-section of environmental information based on the user's location.

Contacts

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