Community Air Monitoring project


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.


  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.


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.

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 through March 31, 2014.

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. 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.

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.

Map of Minneapolis-Greenway air monitoring site

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.

 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 area from July until December 31, 2015.

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, between Highway 280 and Raymond Ave. This monitor operated from January until December 31, 2016.



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

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.

PDF icon Community Air Monitoring Project: St. Paul Downtown Airport-Holman Field (aq8-39)

PDF icon Community Air Monitoring Project: St. Paul Downtown Airport-Holman Field - Long summary (aq8-39a)

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; 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.

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

Bottineau/Marshall Terrace air monitor

Monitoring map: Bottineau Marshall terrace


Links to other information

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.


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