The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District or BAAQMD) prepared the Bay Area 2005 Ozone Strategy in cooperation with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). The Ozone Strategy is a roadmap showing how the San Francisco Bay Area will achieve compliance with the State one-hour air quality standard for ozone as expeditiously as practicable and how the region will reduce transport of ozone and ozone precursors to neighboring air basins.
Ozone conditions in the Bay Area have improved significantly over the years. Ozone levels – as measured by peak concentrations and the number of days over the State one-hour ozone standard – have declined substantially as a result of aggressive programs by the Air District, MTC and our regional, State and federal partners. This represents great progress in improving public health conditions for Bay Area residents. The 2005 Ozone Strategy provides useful background information on topics including the Bay Area’s emission inventory, historical ozone trends and the implementation status of past control measures.
However, there is still a need for continued improvement to meet the State one-hour ozone standard. Accordingly, the Ozone Strategy describes how the Bay Area will fulfill California Clean Air Act (CCAA) planning requirements for the State one-hour ozone standard and transport mitigation requirements through the proposed control strategy. The control strategy includes stationary source control measures to be implemented through Air District regulations; mobile source control measures to be implemented through incentive programs and other activities; and transportation control measures to be implemented through transportation programs in cooperation with MTC, local governments, transit agencies and others. The Air District will continue to adopt regulations, implement programs and work cooperatively with other agencies, organizations and the public on a wide variety of strategies to improve air quality in the region and reduce transport to neighboring air basins.
The 2005 Ozone Strategy explains how the Bay Area plans to achieve these goals with regard to ozone, and also discusses related air quality issues of interest including our public involvement process, climate change, fine particulate matter, the Air District’s Community Air Risk Evaluation (CARE) program, local benefits of ozone control measures, the environmental review process, national ozone standards and photochemical modeling.
The 2005 Ozone Strategy is a comprehensive document that describes the Bay Area’s strategy for compliance with State one-hour ozone standard planning requirements, and is a significant component of our region’s commitment to achieving clean air to protect the public's health and the environment.
The weblinks listed above provide information on the 2005 Ozone Strategy and related aspects of the ozone planning process.