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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.

 

Extended Outlook

Monday 09/25/2017

 Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

 

Slightly elevated fine particulate background levels, associated primarily with residual light smoke from seasonal agricultural burning in the Mississippi Valley, are expected to continue over Northeast Texas, possibly raising the overall daily PM2.5 AQI to the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Tyler-Longview area.

 

Tuesday 09/26/2017

 Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" in parts of the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Houston areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

 

Slightly elevated fine particulate background levels, associated primarily with residual light smoke from seasonal agricultural burning in the Mississippi Valley, are expected to continue over Northeast Texas, possibly raising the overall daily PM2.5 AQI to the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Tyler-Longview area.

 

Wednesday 09/27/2017 Outlook

 Slightly elevated fine particulate background levels, associated primarily with residual light smoke from seasonal agricultural burning in the Mississippi Valley, are expected to continue over Northeast Texas, possibly raising the overall daily PM2.5 AQI to the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Tyler-Longview area.

 

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds, cooler temperatures, heavy cloud cover with precipitation, and/or lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

 

Thursday 09/28/2017 Outlook

 If there is enough afternoon sunshine, winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" in parts of the Austin area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

 

Yesterday's Air

Quality Level

 48

Monday, September 25, 2017

Tomorrow's High

Temperature

88

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Today's Alert Level

Good

 

Tomorrow's Wind Speed

NE

6 mph

What is Ozone?

 

Ozone is a pollutant formed when two classes of chemicals, Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), are exposed to sunlight.   This reaction creates several compounds of which the most hazardous to human health is ozone.  Ozone is the primary component of smog and is regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

 

 

What are the Sources of NOx and VOC’s?

 

NOx is produced almost entirely as a by-product of high-temperature combustion.

 

Common sources of NOx include:

 

    • automobiles, trucks, and marine vessels

    • gasoline powered lawn equipment

    • construction equipment

    • power generation

    • industrial processes

    • natural gas furnaces

 

VOCs include many organic chemicals that vaporize easily, such as those found in gasoline and solvents. They are emitted from many sources, including:

 

    • gasoline stations

    • motor vehicles, airplanes, trains, boats

    • petroleum storage tanks

    • oil refineries

    • biogenic, or natural emissions from trees and plants

 

Our Affiliations

Funding provided

by a grant from

the TCEQ.