The Transportation and Public Works Department, Environmental Management Division operates and maintains three continuous air monitoring stations for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). One station is located in the Keller area, another is north of Annetta in Parker County and the third is located in the northwest corner of Tarrant County. All three stations are equipped with an ozone monitor and a meteorological tower to monitor wind speed, wind direction and temperature. These monitors are part of the state initiative for Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking of ozone air pollution in the Fort Worth/Dallas area.
The TCEQ provides all the air monitoring equipment, parts and supplies for the proper operation of the air monitoring stations and is contracting with the City of Fort Worth for the operation and maintenance of these monitoring stations. The City will be responsible for retrieving the sampling data, sending it for analysis and performing regular audit and maintenance activities on the equipment. There is no local match required under this contract.
On August 23, 2011, (M&C C-25113) the City Council authorized the execution of a State Funded Grant Agreement with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for Fiscal Year 2011-2012 with a maximum amount of $60,000.00 (City Secretary Contract No. 42227). This Agreement period began September 1, 2011 and will end August 31, 2012 with the option to renew the Agreement for an additional one year period upon written consent of the parties by an amendment to this Agreement. Contract Amendment No. 1 increases funding by $60,000.00 in Fiscal Year 2013 for reimbursement of expenses to the City of Fort Worth during the contract period from September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013. The total not to exceed amount of the overall contract is increased to $120,000.00.
This term of the contract amendment is September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2013 with a not to exceed amount of $60,000.00 for this contract term.
Air monitoring stations support community tracking of ozone air pollution in all Council Districts.