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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

Wednesday 02/21/2018

 Light amounts of smoke from early season agricultural and industrial burning in Mexico and Central America may continue to filter into deep South Texas, possibly raising the daily PM2.5 AQI to the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Brownsville-McAllen area.

 

Thursday 02/22/2018

 Light amounts of smoke from early season agricultural and industrial burning in Mexico and Central America may continue to filter into deep South Texas, possibly raising the daily PM2.5 AQI to the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Brownsville-McAllen area.

 

Friday 02/23/2018 Outlook

 Strong winds could generate and transport patchy blowing dust into far West Texas, possibly raising the daily PM10 AQI to "Moderate" or possibly higher levels, with highest concentrations in the evening and overnight hours.

 

Saturday 02/24/2018 Outlook

 Strong winds could generate and transport patchy blowing dust into parts of West Texas and the South Plains, possibly raising the daily PM10 AQI to the "Moderate" range in the Lubbock area and the upper end of the "Good" range in the El Paso and Midland-Odessa areas.

 

 

 

Yesterday's Air

Quality Level

 22

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tomorrow's High

Temperature

64

Friday, February 23, 2018

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.