San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
The San Joaquin Valley Air District is a public health agency whose mission is to improve the health and quality of life for all San Joaquin Valley residents through efficient, effective and entrepreneurial air quality-management strategies. Healthful air that meets or exceeds air quality standards for all Valley residents. The District is a leader in air-pollution control. Valley residents take pride in our collective efforts to continuously improve air quality.
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is made up of eight counties in California’s Central Valley: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the San Joaquin Valley Air Basin portion of Kern.
The Valley Air District is governed by an fifteen member Governing Board consisting of representatives from the Board of Supervisors of all eight counties, one Health and Science member, appointed by the Governor, one Physician, appointed by the Governor and five Valley city representatives.
The San Joaquin Valley Air District is a public health agency whose mission is to improve the health and quality of life for all Valley residents through efficient, effective and entrepreneurial air quality-management strategies.
Healthful air that meets or exceeds air quality standards for all Valley residents. The District is a leader in air-pollution control. Valley residents take pride in our collective efforts to continuously improve air quality.
Protection of Public Health – The District shall continue to strive to protect the health of Valley residents through efforts to meet health-based state and federal ambient air-quality standards.
Active and effective air pollution control efforts with minimal disruption to the Valley’s economic prosperity – District staff shall work diligently to adopt and fully implement cost-effective air pollution-control measures, provide meaningful incentives for reducing emissions, and develop creative alternatives for achieving emissions reductions.
Outstanding Customer Service – District staff shall work to provide excellent customer service for stakeholders in activities including: rule and plan development; permitting and emissions inventory functions; compliance activities; financial and grant-funding transactions; and responses to public complaints and inquiries.
Ingenuity and innovation - The District values innovation and ingenuity in meeting the challenges we face. Examples of this spirit of innovation include developing programs that provide new incentives for emissions reductions, and providing alternate compliance strategies that supplement traditional regulatory efforts and generate more emissions reductions than could otherwise be reasonably obtained.
Accountability to the public – The District serves, and is ultimately accountable to, the people of the Valley for the wise and appropriate use of public resources, and for accomplishing the District’s mission with integrity and honesty.
Open and transparent public processes – The District shall continue to provide meaningful opportunities for public input and be responsive to all public inquiries.
Recognition of the uniqueness of the San Joaquin Valley – The Valley’s meteorology, topography and economy differ significantly from those in other jurisdictions. Although it is valuable to review and evaluate efforts of other agencies, we must consistently look for solutions that fully consider the Valley’s unique needs.
Continuous improvement –The District works to continually improve its internal operations and processes, and strives to streamline District operations through optimally utilizing information technology and human resources.
Effective and efficient use of public funds – The District shall continually strive to efficiently use all resources and to minimize costs associated with District functions.
Respect for the opinions and interest of all Valley residents – The District shall respect the interests and opinions of all Valley residents and fully consider these opinions, working collaboratively, in carrying out the District’s mission.