Community air monitoring
Community air monitoring
Enhanced Community Air Monitoring
We developed an enhanced air monitoring program, Commerce City North Denver (CCND) Air Monitoring, in a coordinated and collaborative manner with existing air monitoring networks in the Commerce City and North Denver communities. Montrose Air Quality Services (Montrose), a third-party team of engineers, scientists, analysts and technicians, runs CCND Air Monitoring and provides our community with easy-to-access air monitoring information from sensors reporting in near real-time, as well as through laboratory analysis and a mobile monitoring van.
The community helped us shape this important program through two public meetings in May (recordings are available below). At the meetings, community members learned more about air monitoring, provided input on where additional air monitors should be located, and asked experts from Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) Inc. and Montrose questions about the program. We thank those who participated and provided us with helpful feedback and input.
We recognize the community likely has some questions about air monitoring and all that it entails, so here is a quick overview and a video on the program:
A message from Patrick Clark, the Vice President of Ambient Air Monitoring for Montrose Air Quality Services on Air Monitoring in Commerce City and North Denver
CCND Air Monitoring Program
Patrick Clark (00:10):
I’m Patrick Clark, the Vice President of Ambient Air Monitoring for Montrose Air Quality Services, a team of environmental experts located right here in Colorado.
Patrick Clark (00:17):
The Commerce City Refinery selected us to develop and implement a community air monitoring network that will provide you with easy-to-access air monitoring information.
Patrick Clark (00:31):
The Commerce City and North Denver Air Monitoring program will monitor for a variety of compounds in the community, including carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and total volatile organic compounds, or VOCs.
Patrick Clark (00:43):
We’ll take these measurements at 10 air monitoring locations placed around the community. The locations were chosen based on historical wind data and proximity to the refinery and other industrial sources, as well as feedback we heard from you at public meetings hosted by Suncor.
Patrick Clark (00:55):
Each monitoring site will have sensors that measure for the specified compounds and meteorological data like wind speed and wind direction. These types of scientific equipment use proven technologies that have been evaluated by regulators to measure for common air pollutants.
Patrick Clark (01:05):
You’ll also see a mobile air monitoring van in the community from time-to-time. The van has sophisticated technology that allows for real-time and continuous air monitoring and can measure for hundreds of organic and inorganic compounds.
Patrick Clark (01:17):
The continuous, near- real time air monitoring data will be publicly available at ccnd-air.com and through a smartphone app . We’re implementing a rigorous quality assurance program to ensure the validity and quality of the data, and you can read more about this on the website.
Patrick Clark (01:30):
CCND Air Monitoring is designed to evolve and adjust to meet the needs of the community, and you can share your feedback or ask questions about the program at ccnd-air.com. We look forward to providing you with quality, reliable and accurate information about air quality in the Commerce City and North Denver communities.
The program will continue to evolve to meet the needs of our community
We will continue engaging with the community to obtain input on the program. Air monitoring locations and technologies may be adjusted over time to enable collection of quality data to meet the communities’ needs. Following an initial evaluation phase, we will continue to support longer-term community air monitoring solutions.
More about Montrose
Montrose’s air quality division is one of the largest air quality measurement groups in the world and specializes in not only the measurement of air quality, but also the development and evaluation of emerging technologies for conducting these measurements. With an air quality office in Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood, Montrose has been selected based upon their extensive experience conducting similar air monitoring programs, including Denver’s “Love My Air”.
You can watch the public meetings we held on air monitoring in May 2021 by following these links: