About the Monitoring Network & Plan
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) operates a network of 21 ambient air quality monitoring stations at locations across the state. The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) operates an ozone monitoring station on Martha's Vineyard. Each year, MassDEP is required to submit an Annual Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Network Plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This document and its attachments are subject to a 30-day public comment period before MassDEP submits them to EPA for review and approval.
The annual network plan describes to EPA which pollutants and other parameters MassDEP measures at its various ambient air monitoring sites and why they are measured at those specific locations. It also describes changes in the network - including new and closed locations, and new and discontinued measurements at existing locations - since the last network plan, as well as proposed changes in the network over the next 18 months.
MassDEP also must conduct an assessment of the Massachusetts Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Network every five years to determine whether it meets the objectives defined in EPA regulations.
Air Monitoring Network Sites Map & Table
Zoom in ( + ) and click on the icons to learn about each monitoring station site across Massachusetts.
Legend of Parameter Acronyms
|NOx||Nitric Oxide, including Nitrogen Dioxide|
|NOy||Total Reactive Oxides of Nitrogen|
|PM10||Particulate Matter (10 microns & smaller)|
|PM2.5||Fine Particles (2.5 microns & smaller)|
|PAMS||Photochemical Assessment Monitoring Station|
|TOXICS||Toxic Air Pollutants including Carbonyls (Aldehydes), Metals & VOCs|
|SPEC||Speciated Fine Particles|
|IMPROVE||Visibility PM Speciation|
Network Plan & Attachments
See Additional Resources below for the Draft 2019 Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Network Plan and attachments, and a link to these documents from previous years.
MassDEP will accept public comments through August 21, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. EDT by mail or email to:
MassDEP Air Assessment Branch
Sen. William X. Wall Experiment Station
37 Shattuck Street
Lawrence, MA 01843-1398