Air Quality Awareness Week is now past, but you can still check out our blogs from each day’s topic. Click on the graphic below for more!

The 2021 theme for Air Quality Awareness Week is, "Healthy Air — Important for Everyone!"

We’re committed to attaining and maintaining healthful air quality while supporting strong and sustainable economic growth.

The Mojave Desert Air Basin encompasses the High Desert of San Bernardino County stretching from the top of the Cajon Pass to the Nevada border, north to Trona and south to the Palo Verde Valley in Riverside County including the city of Blythe.

The Mojave Desert Air Basin enjoys some of the clearest air in the state. But with its proximity to the South Coast Air Basin — which produces some of the worst air quality in all of California — our need to be vigilant in protecting our desert air is ever-growing. is intended to be a one-stop resource center for individuals who live, work and play within the geographical Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District. When you need to learn and know about air quality in our desert, check here first.

Please use the resources provided here as needed, and please let us know if there’s information you want but can’t find. Email us at

Click here to read the official news release announcing the launch of Our Desert Air here.

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3 days ago

Mojave Desert AQMD

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is accepting applications through 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, 2021 for the following position:

- Air Quality Specialist I.

Learn more about this position and download an employment application at
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4 days ago

Mojave Desert AQMD

For purposes of regulations concerning stationary generators, use of stationary generators during the Extreme Heat Event shall be deemed an "emergency use" under California Code of Regulations (CCR), title 17, section 93115.4, subd. (a){30}{A}(2).

Read the full proclamation signed by Governor Newsom this week here:
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1 week ago

Mojave Desert AQMD

30 years and counting!

The MDAQMD Governing Board at its meeting this week recognized Air Monitoring Supervisor II Chris Collins for 30 years of continuous service to the Mojave Desert. Collins started with the District in June 1991 — before it was even an independent district — as Supervising Air Quality Engineer. After a few brief changes in sections and official titles, Collins was named Air Monitoring Supervisor in December 2016, and in August 2019 stepped into his current role.

Collins is an invaluable member of the MDAQMD staff. He's a "jack of all trades," stepping in for various jobs and tasks at hand over the last three decades, from working with building contractors to fleet management, security services assistance and more.

We're proud to have Chris Collins on our team and we're grateful for his continued dedicated service. Shown with Collins, center, is MDAQMD Executive Director/APCO Brad Poiriez, left, and MDAQMD Governing Board Chair and Town of Yucca Valley Mayor Merl Abel.
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