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The Problem:

The Denver Metro/North Front Range is part of a 9-county area that does not meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) national standard (NAAQS) for ozone.  As a nonattainment area, the region has to implement various planning measures to reduce emissions and bring ozone down.

In 2017, the State of Colorado submitted a State Implementation Plan (SIP) to EPA showing how the region would meet the federal standard.  Part of this plan included an emissions inventory of pollutants that contribute to the formation of ozone.  There are estimated to be over 260,000 pieces of gasoline powered commercial lawn and garden equipment in the nonattainment area.

The Program: Mow Down Pollution – Commercial

The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) is now requesting applications to fund the purchase of low emission, commercial-grade, lawn and garden equipment to improve air quality in the Denver Metro/North Front Range ozone nonattainment area.  Approximately $120,000 is available for funding the replacement of gasoline-powered commercial lawn and garden equipment with battery or propane powered equipment.  Funding will be on a first-come-first-served basis with minimum awards of $1,000 and maximum awards of $15,000 per entity.

For additional questions about the commercial grant program, please contact Kaylyn Bopp

Commercial Working Group

The Regional Air Quality Council has developed a Commercial Lawn and Garden Working Group to review options and provide technical guidance to the Council as strategies are developed for future SIP work.  Commercial Lawn and Garden Working Group Meeting Information

If you have additional questions about the Working Group, contact Amanda Brimmer.