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NOACA HOLDS REGULARLY SCHEDULED BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING ON FACEBOOK LIVE STREAMING MARCH 13, 2020

Cleveland, OH (March 12, 2020)— The regularly scheduled Board of Directors Meeting at the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) will still take place at the organization’s offices but through Facebook Live streaming due to the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19).   The meeting will be Live at 9:00 a.m. on the @NOACA Facebook page.  In person participation will not permitted.  However, the public can make comments during the meeting on the Facebook platform.  The Live stream will be available approximately 10 minutes prior to the meeting.

In concert with our local and state elected officials, NOACA is keeping a close eye on the developing situation surrounding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) by limiting social interactions. Our number one goal is the safety and well-being of our residents, visitors and communities throughout Northeast Ohio. 

We are committed to keeping you informed of any changes to all of our scheduled meetings. Please visit our website at www.noaca.org for more updates.

Latest NOACA Air Quality Trends Report Show Significant Regional Improvements

Post Date:04/02/2020 2:52 PM

CLEVELAND (Thursday, April 2, 2020) – The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) has issued its latest Air Quality Trends Report for the Northeast Ohio region.  The report can be found on NOACA’s website at the following link:

https://www.noaca.org/regional-planning/air-quality-planning/air-quality-trends-reports

NOACA issues yearly reports to present information on air quality trends in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit counties for the six criteria pollutants: carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide. These are the pollutants for which the federal Clean Air Act requires the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) to establish National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The NAAQS are the maximum allowable concentrations for each pollutant, and they are intended to protect people from adverse health impacts caused by excessive concentrations of pollution.Highlights of the 2019 report includes:

  • Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties are redesignated from nonattainment to maintenance status for fine particulate matter effective April 12, 2019 (this is a significant improvement).
  • All NOACA counties, as well as Portage and Summit Counties, remain in marginal nonattainment for ground-level ozone (since April 30, 2018).
  • Lake County remains in nonattainment for sulfur dioxide (since August 5, 2013).
  • Overall, air quality has improved significantly in Northeast Ohio in recent years; continued nonattainment for one or more of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards is partly due to continued strengthening of the standards by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).
  • Despite the region’s history of heavy industry and coal-fired electricity generation, transportation is the primary driver of Northeast Ohio’s air quality issues; transportation infrastructure and mode choice remain intricately linked to regional air quality.

NOACA believes the most effective means of improving air quality is for all citizens to meet their transportation needs with a variety of modes, other than relying solely on car use. So, how can you help improve Northeast Ohio’s air quality?

  • Get out of the car:  NOACA can help you plan your trips by alternative modes of transportation and match you with potential carpool partners through its Gohio Commute logging tool at the following link: https://www.noaca.org/regional-planning/air-quality-planning/gohio-commute
  • Avoid unnecessary fuel consumption.
  • Walk, bike, use public transportation or drive fuel-efficient vehicles.
  • Combine errands to reduce fuel use and save time.
  • Avoid idling your vehicle excessively. Turn off the key and be idle-free!
  • Keep your car, boat and other vehicles properly tuned.

Additionally, NOACA encourages those in Northeast Ohio to:

  • Avoid using leaf blowers and other dust-producing equipment.
  • Reduce energy consumption by turning off your lights and appliances when not in use.
  • Avoid opening burning. Smoke from burning leaves, brush, other vegetation and backyard trash contains a number of hazardous air pollutants.

In addition to publishing Air Quality Trends Reports, NOACA issues Air Quality Advisories when air quality levels are predicted to be unhealthy for sensitive groups, including children, the elderly and those with breathing difficulties. People who would like to receive Air Quality Advisories can sign up at the following:  https://www.noaca.org/regional-planning/air-quality-planning/air-quality-advisories.

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The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is a transportation and environmental planning agency that represents state, county, city, village, and township officials in Greater Cleveland. NOACA addresses the transportation, air quality, and water quality needs of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties. The agency and its partners cooperatively develop and implement plans to ensure that travel throughout the region is safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound.  NOACA’s vision is to STRENGTHEN regional cohesion, PRESERVE existing infrastructure, and BUILD a sustainable multimodal transportation system to SUPPORT economic development and ENHANCE quality of life in Northeast Ohio.

Media Contact: Danielle Render, Director of External Engagement & Public Affairs,

216-241-2414, ext. 253, 216-310-1220 (cell) or drender@mpo.noaca.org