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Your Regional Partner in Air Quality

OUR MISSION

Using knowledge and action to improve air quality, reduce ozone formation, enhance health, and reduce the need for regulation in the Heart of Texas.

 

The Heart of Texas Council of Governments (HOTCOG) is an organization of local governments working together voluntarily to solve mutual problems and plan for the future of the six county area. Currently, HOTCOG has over 80 member governments made up of: counties, cities, school districts, community colleges, and special districts. HOTCOG was originally established in 1966 and serves a geographic area covering Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone and McLennan counties.

 

Regional councils, by law, are political subdivisions of the state; with authority to plan and initiate needed cooperative projects but does not have powers to regulate or tax, which are exclusively assigned to cities and counties. As any other political subdivision, regional councils must abide by laws governing open meetings, open records and the conduct of public officials. HOTCOG is also required to obtain an annual audit to assure accountability of public funds.

 

Yesterday's Air

Quality Level

44

Monday, April 13, 2014

Tomorrow's High

Temperature

70

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Today's Alert Level

Good

(0-50)

Tomorrow's Wind Speed

SSE

17 MPH

  • Monday, 4/14/2014 Outlook

    Smoke and haze from Mexico and Central America should continue in Southeast and South Texas and could raise the daily PM2.5 AQI to "Moderate" levels over much of this area. A cold front should push the smoke out of this area by the end of the day. Blowing dust and ransported dust should push south, southwest, and west through much of the Panhandle and far West Texas and the dust could possibly raise the daily PM10 and PM2.5 AQIs into the "Moderate" range in portions of this area, including the El Paso, Lubbock, and Midland-Odessa areas. Elsewhere in the state, moderate to strong winds and low incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

  • Tuesday, 4/15/2014 Outlook

    Moderate winds and low incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range statewide.

     

  • Wednesday, 4/16/2014 Outlook

    Incoming background levels may be high enough and morning winds light enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" levels on the north and northwest side of the Houston area with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening. Winds may be high enough to generate enough blowing dust to raise the daily PM10 AQI to "Moderate" levels in the El Paso area with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening. Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

  • Thursday, 4/17/2014 Outlook

    Moderate winds and low incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range statewide.