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Public Health and Environmental Protection for All Arizonans

In our efforts to ensure public health and environmental protection for all Arizonans, ADEQ provides notice of and invites public participation in decision making, including tools and resources to increase accessibility to data. Access key resources ADEQ provides Arizonans, businesses and communities, including financial assistance programs.

ADEQ recognizes the sovereignty of Tribal governments and their jurisdiction over their lands. ADEQ will engage on Tribal lands when requested by a Tribe, continue to develop cooperative relationships with Tribal Nations, and respect their challenges and concerns.

In addition to the following resources, get details about how many of ADEQ's programs are making a difference | Coming Soon

Arizona Counties Demographic and Environmental Dashboard — ADEQ has developed an online tool that provides Arizonans with environmental and demographic data for each county in the state | Learn More >
Place-based Community Liaisons — To assist the public and regulated community in all parts of the state, ADEQ established place-based Community Liaisons covering six regions in Arizona | View Region Map > | Community Liaison Contacts >

Letters of Support — Organizations interested in applying for federal environmental justice grants can request letters of support from ADEQ. For additional information, contact ADEQ’s Title VI Nondiscrimination Coordinator | Email >

Program-Specific Compliance Assistance — To improve facility compliance with environmental regulations, ADEQ seeks opportunities to educate facility owners and operators in a way that will yield the best understanding of legal and technical requirements. One such example is development and distribution of  English/Spanish posters to auto and tire shops throughout the state to provide shop owners and the public with information on properly identifying, storing and disposing of waste tires | View Poster >

Environmental Protection at Arizona’s border with Mexico — Our Border Environmental Protection team is a group of uniquely qualified environmental professionals that work closely with our environmental and public health colleagues in Mexico to improve air quality, the management of solid waste and the quality of surface and groundwater on both sides of Arizona’s border with Mexico. The team also assists other ADEQ programs and community partners to address the unique challenges present along the border including bilingual communication of technical and compliance information, assistance in identifying and applying for border specific grants and facilitating problem solving with state and federal agencies on both sides of the border.

 

State-to-state collaboration is a primary focus of the team, which was a part of developing a first-of-its-kind Arizona-Sonora Environmental Strategic Plan in 2017. The plan outlined 15 priority projects on air quality, waste management, water quality and wildlife and has been instrumental in directing significant state and federal resources to mitigate the most important environmental issues impacting residents on both sides of the border. The plan garnered $1.15M in grant funding to implement priority environmental projects in the region between 2017 and 2021 and the team has been instrumental implementing air quality monitors to assess the impact of air pollution originating from Mexico, an air quality smartphone app (Air Arizona) for Nogales and Yuma, and allocation of over $38M in federal, state and non-profit funding to upgrade the treatment. The team also collaborated with U.S. and Mexico partnering agencies to stop intermittent cross-border sewage flows in Naco, Arizona — through repair and replacement of leaking pipes connected to the Naco, Sonora, wastewater treatment system | Learn More >

Air Arizona App — People living in areas designated as not attaining air quality standards can have forecasts delivered to the palm of their hand so they can plan their days to reduce impacts of air pollution | Learn More >

Voluntary Vehicle Repair Program — The Voluntary Vehicle Repair Program (VVRP) helps people with vehicles that have failed emissions inspection tests offset the costs for emissions-related repairs — repairs that reduce vehicle emissions and improve the quality of the air we breathe. Since the program began in 2018, VVRP has eliminated hundreds of tons of pollutants associated with vehicle emissions by facilitating repair or retrofit of thousands of vehicles and saved participating vehicle owners millions on emissions-related vehicle repairs | Learn More >

Air Quality Flag Program — ADEQ’s Air Quality Flag Program promotes a healthy environment for our children, workers, family, friends and neighbors by providing Arizona communities with resources to inform residents about local outdoor air quality conditions, how air pollution impacts health, actions we can take to protect ourselves and ways we can improve the quality of the air we breathe. At any given time, there are more than 200 active participants in the program working to inform communities in Cochise, Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Yuma counties | Learn More >

GateWay Community College Respiratory Therapy Student Britain Guliford shares her inspirational story of what motivated her to bring ADEQ's Air Quality Flag Program to GateWay's campus to help protect her fellow students and local community  | Watch the Video >

Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund Community Advisory Boards— ADEQ is committed to keeping the public informed and involved in situations where hazardous materials impact the environment. Community involvement activities for WQARF sites are designed to help impacted communities understand the cleanup process and provide input on ADEQ decisions related to cleanup activities in their community. ADEQ facilitates establishment of a Community Advisory Board (CAB), the creation of a Community Involvement Plan (CIP), and issues public notices and holds public meeting designed to provide and receive information | View Map> | Learn More >
Accessibility — ADEQ takes reasonable measures, including providing bilingual guidance documents, to provide access to department services to individuals with limited ability to speak, write or understand English and/or to those with speech, hearing, vision, learning or other impairments | Learn More >