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.

BURN BAN STATUS  
(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 

SWCAA NEWS

Free Leaf Disposal Coupons

Monday, October 13, 2014 - You can tell fall is in the air with the crisp mornings and cold evenings. This means the leaves are turning and starting to fall into our yards, streets and coating our neighborhoods. There are options for air friendly and healthy ways to dispose of those pesky leaves and other fall yard clean-up debris.

You can put leaves and yard debris in your recycle bin for pick up, chip it or compost it. If you have curbside recycling service in your neighborhood and have not signed up; now is the time. If you do not have curbside service, consider easy backyard composting, or haul the debris to your nearest recycling facility.

To help residents take care of the fallen leaves, the City of Vancouver is again offering Fall Leaf Coupons. Vancouver and Clark County Residents can redeem the free leaf disposal coupons beginning October 1 through December 20. Please note that this coupon is for LEAVES ONLY.

Get your coupon by clicking here


Call today to have your coupon mailed out; or stop by and pick one up at SWCAAs office. We are conveniently located close to H & H Wood Recyclers who is participating in this program.

Remember no matter what option you choose, there are two things to keep in mind: (1) it is illegal to smoke out your neighbors, and (2) outdoor burning is permanently banned in urbanized areas (incorporated cities, suburbs and adjacent areas) throughout our region. If in doubt, call SWCAA at 360-574-3058 x 110.


CLEAN AIR TIPS

Get Your Home Ready for Cooler Weather

Saturday, November 01, 2014 - The coming cold weather means it is time to weatherize your house for energy savings and comfort.

  • Windows:
  • Energy-efficient windows can reduce heating and cooling costs by 20 to 30 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Energy-efficient double-paned windows are the ultimate solution, but there are other steps that will reduce heat loss. Check windows for leaks by turning off all heating, cooling or ventilating systems, then carefully holding a lit candle four to six inches from the frame. If the flame wavers or flickers, you have air leaks. Inspect exterior calking for cracks or gaps. If the leak persists after resealing, call a professional. Cover the outside of the windows with heavy plastic or place shrink plastic on the inside. Read instructions that come with these materials for the best applications or talk with a hardware store expert. Blinds or window coverings also can help insulate your house by preventing warm air from escaping at night. Open blinds during the day to let in light and capture heat.

    Click to read more information on getting your home ready for cooler weather. Read More...



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