California is to spend more than $1 billion over the next five years to improve its air quality and improve the ability of air quality monitors to measure it, a state environmental agency said Wednesday.
The $1 million grant, which will help monitor air quality in the state’s largest cities, is one of three grants to help the California Air Resources Board develop air quality monitoring technology that could be integrated into the state air quality data system.
The other two grants will cover air quality research and technology development.
California is one a few states that are still recovering from the devastating wildfire that devastated parts of the state last winter, which destroyed more than 500,000 homes and businesses and killed nearly 5,000 people.
The state has spent more than half a billion dollars battling the fires, which have forced evacuations and forced thousands of people to flee to neighboring Oregon.
The agency, which oversees air quality, said Wednesday that it has approved $1,200,000 to support an additional $500,000 for air quality projects.
That money will help pay for testing of new sensors and equipment to better monitor air pollution in the coming years, said Mary-Ann Nesbitt, executive director of the agency.
The agency said the funds will be used to expand monitoring of emissions in the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, where more than 2,000 sensors have been installed.
The air quality testing grants were the latest in a series of grants the agency has been working to secure.
The last round of funding was approved in March.