The Office of Air Monitoring is responsible for coordinating the statewide ambient air quality monitoring program and ensures that state and local air quality programs operating ambient air monitors in Florida meet federal requirements for network design, instrument siting and operation, and quality assurance. Florida’s monitoring network has developed over the decades in which it has been in operation and currently assesses the air quality for almost 92 percent of Florida’s more than 19 million citizens.
The Office of Air Monitoring is responsible for the following functions:
Management of statewide ambient air monitoring operations
Management and performance of data quality and data validation functions
Submittal of ambient air monitoring data to the EPA
Preparation and coordination of statewide quality assurance documentation
Performance of statewide quality assurance audit activities
Operation of DEP ambient air monitoring sites
Calibration, certification, installation and purchase of ambient air monitoring equipment
Performance of service and repair functions for ambient air monitoring equipment
The Office of Air Monitoring is the Primary Quality Assurance Organization (PQAO) which also:
Ensures that the ambient air quality data collected statewide are properly compiled, verified and entered into the state's air quality database then submitted to the EPA for inclusion in its Air Quality System where it is available for use nationally
Maintains a calibration Standards Laboratory to support the statewide auditing and monitoring programs to ensure data produced are of similar quality
Provides quality assurance oversight for all of the ambient air quality monitoring conducted throughout the state, including data collected by local programs
Visits each monitoring site annually to assess the accuracy of the data being produced. Auditors perform triennial management systems audits of each of the state's and local agency's monitoring programs to evaluate the general condition of the quality assurance functions
Supports the state-operated air quality monitoring network with maintenance and repair of all the equipment used in that network, which currently consists of 41 monitoring sites supporting 84 monitors operated by division staff and an additional 61 sites with 133 monitors operated by local program staff
The public has the ability to access ambient air quality data by visiting Florida’s Air Quality System.
This addendum provides information on proposed site modifications in the Florida ambient air monitoring network, which were not covered in the 2019 Annual Air Monitoring Network Plan. This document includes a full evaluation for relocating two sites within Florida’s ambient air monitoring network: the Hillsborough County site – East Bay, will be relocated on the existing property while the Orange County site – Winegard Elementary, will have a new location within the county.Notice is hereby given that the 2019 Draft Florida Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan Addendum is available for a 30-day public comment period.The Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan describes the network of ambient air quality monitors located within Florida. The Plan includes a review of actions taken during the previous fiscal year, and outlines plans for the year ahead.Federal regulations require that the air quality monitoring network be reviewed annually to identify any need for additions, relocations, or terminations of monitoring sites or instrumentation. After the 30-day comment period, the Plan is submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for review and approval.The comment period ended on January 9, 2020.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.