Ozarks Clean Air Alliance (OCAA) is a part of Community Partnership of the Ozark’s Community Collaborative Initiative. The mission of the group is to focus on improving our local air quality. As part of this mission, we’ve developed the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) to help reduce ozone and particulate matter in our community. For more information on the CAAP, please see our copy of the 2013 report here.
How It Got Started
OCAA was created as a response to the needs and issues identified in an environmental health assessment conducted in 2002 by the Springfield Greene County Health Department. The result of this assessment was the creation of a comprehensive report (“State of the Environment for Springfield and Greene County: A Report and Recommendations”), which was coordinated through the Community Partnership’s Environmental Collaborative and the Environmental Advisory Board. The full report can be viewed at www.ozarksenvironment.com.
Like other natural resources, we understand that quality of those natural resources do not begin or end at the city or county line. Therefore a regional committee was created to address air quality issues in the Ozarks region. The Ozarks Clean Air Alliance now guides the region’s education and outreach efforts to reduce the negative effects of air pollution. We bring together vested individuals and both public and private representatives who are dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of today’s air quality issues. OCAA is continually working to create opportunities to reduce the emissions that cause air pollution and currently has 35 Southwest Missouri organizations participating. For a list of these organizations, please see our Members page.