Dust Control Programs
Caption: Salt River Stabilization Project
Over the past decade, the most pressing air pollution problem in the Valley has been violations of the federal health standard for dust and other particulate pollution.
The City of Phoenix dust programs achieved significant reductions in PM-10. Examples include:
- Paved more than 85 miles of unpaved city-owned streets since 2000.
- Applied asphalt treatment to more than 300 miles of alleys and 58 miles of shoulders.
- Stabilized 12 acres of the Salt River alluvial area. Installed barriers and implemented an enforcement program to eliminate vehicle trespass. Removed 2,000 tires and 330 tons of trash from the areas and applied 8,500 cubic yards of mulch.
- City Code prohibits sweeping or blowing debris into city streets to protect stormwater from contamination and reduce dust pollution.
Caption: Parking Code Enforcement
The city responds promptly to resident complaints, questions, and concerns. Examples of regulations and standards include:
- City and state regulations restrict driving cars, trucks and recreational vehicles (ATVs) in deserts, washes, public and private property unless the driver owns that land or has received written approval from the owner.
- The city participates in interagency off-road vehicle trespass enforcement programs which focus on education and outreach followed by enforcement for repeat offenders.
- The Neighborhood Preservation Code includes dust standards for parking lots and vehicles parked on vacant lots. Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) responds to approximately 7,000 dust-related complaints each year.
- The Police and Parks Departments enforce codes restricting vehicles on non-dustproof vacant lots and in city parks. Together those departments have issued more than 1,000 citations each year.
- The city conducted a focused enforcement program for unpaved parking lots in the Salt River area.
In 2009, Phoenix completed a Climate Action Plan to identify sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from city operations and define programs that will be used to meet the City Council-adopted goal to reduce GHG emissions from city operations to 5% below the 2005 levels by 2015.