The Southwest Clean Air Agency (SWCAA) is responsible for enforcing federal, state and local outdoor air quality standards and regulations in Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties of southwest Washington state. Our mission is to preserve and enhance air quality in southwest Washington.

(Outdoor burning is permanently banned in all urban growth areas)
Clark County  No Burn Ban is in Effect   More Info 
Cowlitz County  No Burn Ban is in Effect   More Info 
Lewis County  No Burn Ban is in Effect   More Info 
Skamania County  No Burn Ban is in Effect   More Info 
Wahkiakum County  No Burn Ban is in Effect   More Info 


Vacancy - SWCAA Board of Directors Member-At-Large

Wednesday, February 04, 2015 - The Southwest Clean Air Agency (SWCAA) is seeking to fill the position of Member-At-Large on its Board of Directors. The SWCAA Board of Directors is established by the Washington Clean Air Act to have from each of the five counties within its jurisdiction a County Commissioner representative, City Council representative from the most populous city in the county, and a Member-At-Large. The responsibility of the 11 member SWCAA Board of Directors is to set air pollution control policies at the local level for southwest Washington consistent with the Washington Clean Air Act.

Any Washington citizen residing in Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania or Wahkiakum County is eligible to apply for this Board vacancy. Attendance is required at monthly Board meetings at SWCAA's office on the first Thursday of each month beginning at 3:00 p.m. Board members are paid $50.00 for each meeting attended and reimbursed for mileage.

Resumes will be accepted through Friday March 13, 2015. If interested, please send your resume to: Uri Papish, Executive Director, Southwest Clean Air Agency, 11815 NE 99th Street, Suite 1294, Vancouver, WA 98682-2322.

The finalists for this Member-At-Large Board of Director position will be interviewed in-person by the Board of Directors during the regular Board meeting that begins on Thursday April 2, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

Burn Dry Seasoned Firewood & Get a Moisture Meter

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - When you burn dry, seasoned wood, you use less wood for the same amount of heat, you produce far less smoke and you keep your fireplace or wood stove in better working condition with less creosote build up.

When you burn unseasoned (green) or even partially seasoned wood in your fireplace or wood stove it can create lots of smoke and cause creosote build-up in your chimney which could lead to a chimney fire.

By taking the Burn Dry Seasoned Firewood Pledge, you commit to the following:

  • You pledge to only burn firewood that has been split, stacked and dried for at least 6 months to a moisture content of 20% or less.

  • You pledge to join our e-mail list to stay informed about Air Pollution Advisories, Fire Safety Burn Bans and receive e-notifications when a Wood Stove / Fireplace Curtailment (Burn Ban) is in effect.

  • You pledge to always check before you burn to see if a Burn Ban is in effect. If a Burn Ban is in effect, you pledge to not burn (unless wood is your only adequate source of heat) until local air quality returns to healthy levels and the ban is lifted.

To redeem the Southwest Clean Air Agency offer for a free electronic wood moisture meter, follow this link for your Southwest Clean Air Agency Burn Dry Seasoned Firewood Pledge form. Quantities are limited, be sure to take the Pledge today.

Click for the Southwest Clean Air Agency Burn Dry Seasoned Firewood Pledge Form


World Water Day is March 22, 2015

Tuesday, March 03, 2015 - Water and energy are closely interlinked and interdependent. Energy generation and transmission requires utilization of water resources, particularly for hydroelectric, nuclear, and thermal energy sources. Conversely, about 8% of the global energy generation is used for pumping, treating and transporting water to various consumers.

Observe World Water Day with a 'Walk for Water' at the Water Resources Education Center. With this family friendly walk, the Water Center hopes to raise awareness of the need for drinkable water in other parts of the world. Join in to learn more about World Water Day.

Saturday, 22 March 2015, Register at 12:30, Walk begins at 1:00pm
Location: 4600 SE Columbia Way Vancouver, Washington
Contact: 360-487-7111

Vist the official World Water Day website for more information.


The 6 Common Air Pollutants

Sunday, March 01, 2015 - The Clean Air Act requires EPA to set National Ambient Air Quality Standards for six common air pollutants. These commonly found air pollutants (also known as "criteria pollutants") are found all over the United States. They are particle pollution (often referred to as particulate matter), ground-level ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, and lead. These pollutants can harm your health and the environment, and cause property damage.

Of the six pollutants, particle pollution and ground-level ozone are the most widespread health threats. EPA calls these pollutants "criteria" air pollutants because it regulates them by developing human health-based and/or environmentally-based criteria (science-based guidelines) for setting permissible levels. The set of limits based on human health is called primary standards. Another set of limits intended to prevent environmental and property damage is called secondary standards.

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