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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

31

 Sunday, April 5, 2015

Tomorrow's High

Temperature

75

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Today's Alert Level

LOW

 

Tomorrow's Wind Speed

S

19 MPH

  • Monday, 4/6/2015 Outlook

    Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should spread northward across the middle of the state, mainly along and east of a line from Del Rio to San Angelo to Abilene to Wichita Falls and along and west of a line from Port Lavaca to Paris, and could raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" range in parts of this area. Strong afternoon winds should generate blowing dust in parts of West Texas and the Panhandle, with "Moderate" daily PM10 AQI levels possible in far West Texas, including the El Paso area. Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

  • Tuesday, 4/7/2015 Outlook

    Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should continue across the middle of the state, mainly along and east of a line from Del Rio to San Angelo to Abilene to Wichita Falls and along and west of a line from Port Lavaca to Paris, and could raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" range in much of this area. Strong afternoon winds should generate blowing dust in parts of West Texas and the Panhandle, with "Moderate" daily PM10 AQI levels possible in far West Texas, including the El Paso area. Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

     

  • Wednesday, 4/8/2015 Outlook

    Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should continue across the middle of the state, mainly along and east of a line from Del Rio to Wichita Falls and along and west of a line from Port Lavaca to Paris, and could raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" range in much of this area. Strong afternoon winds should generate blowing dust across West Texas and the Panhandle, with "Moderate" daily PM10 AQI levels possible in parts of the region, including the El Paso and Lubbock areas. Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

  • Thursday, 4/9/2015 Outlook

    Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should decrease but continue across the middle of the state ahead of an advancing front and could raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" range in spots along and east of a line from Del Rio to Wichita Falls and along and west of a line from Port Lavaca to Paris. Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.