SLO County Air Pollution Control District

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Los Osos Community Clean Air Incentives
Drought Discussions
CivicSpark Block Party May 28
A Big Thank You to State Park & Phillips 66
In Memory of Don Sedgley

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May 2015

Upcoming Events APCD is Participating In: 
  • May 28: CivicSpark Simple Steps Block Party
  • May 31: Bike to the Blues - First 200 get in FREE!
Cash Incentives for Los Osos Residents!

Los Osos Community Clean Air Incentives
Are you a resident of Los Osos who wants to reduce air pollution, save money and earn rewards? Then read on! A total of $105,628 will be split between three incentive programs to mitigate 8.26 tons of air pollution generated during the construction and installation of collection lines for the Los Osos Wastewater Treatment Plan. 


1. Woodburning Device Change-Out ($50,000). When you switch your high polluting, old woodburning device or open hearth fireplace for a new, natural gas device, you receive cash!


$1,000 to replace a wood or pellet burning stove or insert; 




$2,000 to replace a conventional masonry, prefabricated or zero-clearance open hearth fireplace.

Visit to download the Woodburning Device Change Out Incentive Guidelines and Application.


2. iRideshare Rewards ($5,628). Get out of your car and into an alternative commute mode and earn Visa Rewards by smart commuting during May 4, 2015 and April 29, 2016. Act fast, because this incentive is only available for the first 75 Los Osos residents who sign up. Qualifying alternative transportation options include: carpooling, vanpooling, bus riding, bicycling, walking, skateboarding or telecommuting. Call 805.597.8022 or go to for more information.

Click here to complete a pledge form!

3. Old Car Buy Back Program ($50,000). Get cash back when you retire your old, polluting vehicle. Vehicle must be operational and registered to a Los Osos address for the past two years (zip code 93402). Call 800.717.7624 to see if your car qualifies!

$1,200 for 1990-1995 model years
$1,400 for 1980-1989 model years
$1,600 for 1979 and older model years

Drought Discussions

In its fourth year of drought, California's water prospects are looking shallow. It's in situations like these that the APCD looks to help in any way we can. Here are five simple and unique ways to significantly cut water usage and reduce your impact:

  1. Only wash full loads
    This works for the dishwasher and the laundry!
  2. Don't flood the driveway
    Car's dirty? Go to the car wash. Driveway's dirty? Sweep instead of hose!
  3. Shower time
    Consider switching to a low-flow showerhead. Otherwise, know that each minute decreased in the shower saves about 2.5 gallons of water.
  4. Avoid evaporation losses
    Not willing to ditch your lawn? Remember to water only before 9am and after 4pm to avoid evaporation loss during the hottest part of the day. Also, use a pool cover. This reduces evaporation loss as well as the need for chemicals and frequent cleanings.
  5. Water hungry foods
    Do you know how water-intensive your foods are? Learn about your foods' water footprint here, and as a general rule, cut back on the highest water-consuming products such as beef, pork, and lamb.
CivicSpark Block Party May 28 at SLO Farmers' Market



Experience this clean air extravaganza and visit a variety of exciting, clean air-promoting vendors, including:

  • Central Coast CivicSpark team
  • APCD's Clean Air Ambassadors
  • Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition (C5): Alternative Fuels Car Show
  • Community Action Partnership SLO
  • Interactive kids activities
  • USGBC Central Coast Green Building, Build SMART Trainer

And more! See you there! 


A Big Thank You to State Parks and Phillips 66

To gain a better understanding of the business and organizations we regulate, each year staff tour local facilities with different air quality impacts to our community. This month, APCD staff were given the opportunity to tour California State Parks Oceano Dunes SVRA and Phillips 66 Santa Maria Refinery. Both facilities provided an excellent opportunity to expand our partnerships and learn more about practices and constraints that impact their operations. SLO County APCD would like to send a big thank you to State Parks and Phillips 66 for their hospitality and for providing interesting and informative tours of their facilities.

Oceano Dunes SVRA
Phillips 66 Santa Maria Refinery
In Memory of Don Sedgley

Don Sedgley, an Air Quality Specialist at the APCD from 1986 to 1995, passed away on March 1 of this year at age 84. He lived a very full life, serving in the Korean war, obtaining a degree in Engineering from UCLA, and working as a Nuclear Engineer in a variety of fields before joining the team at the APCD. Don was described as brilliant by those that worked with him and someone that was always there to help. He could fix anything, from complicated machinery to the paper folder, he loved to tinker! 

Don was a loving husband and father; Don's purpose in life was to support his family. We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family. Thank you Don, for your contributions to SLO County APCD and dedication to your work and family. 


(Read full obituary written by daughter Cynthia.)


Thank you for taking the time to read our e-newsletter! If you have any questions regarding programs of the Air Pollution Control District, please give us a call at 805-781-5912. You can also email the APCD at [email protected] 
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