PPACG is the lead air-quality planning agenda for most of El Paso County and a portion of Teller County
Air Quality Advisory Committee
AQTC advises the PPACG Board of Directors on Air Quality issues, goals, plans and programs, and aids in the development and review of regional air-quality plans
PPACG works with local communities and stakeholders to address water-quality concerns throughout the region
Water Quality Management Committee
The Water Quality Management Committee advises the PPACG Board and staff on current and emerging issues, goals, plans, and programs affecting water quality in the Pikes Peak region, aids in the review of site applications, and helps develop the region’s water-quality management plan.
In the 1980s, the region violated the carbon monoxide standard, and federal regulations required that a plan be developed to bring the region into compliance. PPACG developed this plan in 1999 and updated it in 2009 to show continued attainment through 2020.
Ozone is the air-quality pollutant of most concern in the Pikes Peak region. It causes a number of harmful effects on the respiratory system. Air quality in the region is monitored year-round at two monitoring stations, one in Manitou Springs and one on the U.S. Air Force Academy where ozone concentrations are usually the highest.