What you need to know
Community stakeholders, including citizens, businesses, nonprofits and universities, can access an online survey to provide feedback on several proposed strategies. Responses will help staff from the council of governments develop the Dallas-Fort Worth Air Quality Improvement Plan.
The council of governments is also hosting three upcoming open houses to gather input from community members in person. The next open house is scheduled Dec. 12 at the Aledo Community Center in Aledo, Texas.
Two more open houses are slated for January in Fate, Texas, and Fort Worth, according to the council of governments’ website.
“The No. 1 thing we want to make sure folks understand is we have a survey out that people can take,” Senior Program Manager Lori Clark said. “We just want as much input from as many people as possible.”
The plan’s development is funded by a $1 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency that was awarded in August. The grant requires a priority climate action plan to be submitted March 1, 2024, according to EPA’s website.
A comprehensive climate action plan will be due in 2025. That plan will include additional analyses, such as future greenhouse gas projections, Clark said.
Both plans will be combined into a comprehensive plan with actionable steps for reducing pollutants, including ground-level ozone in Dallas-Fort Worth’s air.
A list of potential strategies is available to view on the project website. For more information about other air quality initiatives, go to www.nctcog.org/trans/quality/air.