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.

A Burn Ban is in effect for:
Clark County • Cowlitz County • Skamania County • Wahkiakum County 


Grant Funding for Wood Stove Replacement/Removal

Monday, February 01, 2016 - The Southwest Clean Air Agency (SWCAA) is happy to announce that we are, once again, offering grant funding to property owners within the Vancouver Urban Growth Area who wish to replace old freestanding wood stoves and wood-burning fireplace inserts which are no longer approved for new installations by the Washington Department of Ecology. Those who are eligible for the program can receive up to $4,000, in the form of an Instant Credit voucher, to aid in the replacement of their non-approved heating device.

In addition to the "replacement" program, SWCAA is also offering monetary payments to property owners who are willing to remove an old wood stove or fireplace insert, but do not need to replace it with anything (i.e., the home already has another source of heat which can replace the removed stove). Participants in this option of our wood stove program will receive a payment of $250 for removing and delivering their non-approved heating device to the participating metal recycler.

The program is active at this time and will expire on June 30, 2017, or when grant funding is exhausted, whichever occurs first. APPLY TODAY!


5 Recreational Fire Reminders

Friday, July 01, 2016 - Summer is the perfect time for enjoying a Recreational Fire. These reminders will help make your summer fun and safe.

  • Recreational fires must be used solely for recreational purposes and may not be used for disposal of yard debris or any other material. A responsible party must be attending the fire at all times.

  • A Recreational fire is under 3x3x2 and is allowed without a permit. Recreational fires in excess of 3x3x2 need a special written permit from SWCAA.

  • Only charcoal or seasoned firewood (not lumber) may be used as fuel for a Recreational fire. A very small amount of paper may be used to start the fire.

  • Recreational fires may not cause a smoke or odor nuisance to surrounding properties.

  • Recreational fires must be fully extinguished and cool to the touch before leaving them unattended.
If you need further information please contact SWCAA at (360) 574-3058 x 110.

Tips for a cool summer

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - What you can do to have a reduced emission summer.

Check your air quality before you go out - to run, to play or to do yard work by clicking here

Don't top off your fuel tank! Refuel your vehicle in the early morning or evening. Learn more by clicking here

Get energy savings! Change your air filters and tune up your HVAC. Find out more about what you can do to help reduce emission by clicking here

Extreme heat conditions. Prepare for reduced air quality and incresed energy use. Find out more about how to be prepared by clicking here

For more SUMMER tips click here

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