Air Quality in the bay area is monitored and regulated by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The District also runs the Spare the Air program.
See the five day air quality forecast.
If air quality is forecast to be unhealthy, a Spare the Air Alert will be called. The alert will be in effect the entire next day, for a full 24 hours.
The Air District recommends the following things that you can do to reduce air pollution:
Take public transit, carpool, bike, or walk whenever you can. Visit 511.org and stacommutetips.org to find good resources for getting places without using your car.
Burn less Wood
In the wintertime, burning less wood helps protect the health of your family and neighbors. It is illegal in the Bay Area to burn wood when a Winter Spare the Air Alert is in effect.
Spare the Air
Sign up to receive Spare the Air alert notifications. You can receive these by email or by downloading the Spare the Air app for or Android. Winter Spare the Air alerts are also available by automated phone call.
- Join the Southern Alameda County Air Resources Team. Since 1991, Spare the Air Resource Teams have brought together local civic groups, agencies, businesses, and environmental organizations to work on projects that promote cleaner air.
- Invite an Air District staff person to your local community meeting, scouts group, club, school, or organization to discuss local air quality issues.
- If you are a student in the Bay Area, join the Air District’s Spare the Air Youth program.
Contact the Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Public Information Office: 415.749.4900
Air Monitoring: 415.749.4985