On August 24th and 25th, the South Ward Environmental Alliance hosted part two of their 2022 Truck Count and Air Monitoring project in the South Ward of Newark. The goal was to highlight the extensive amount of truck traffic and diesel pollution that comes through the South Ward each day.
During the truck count days, participants counted 6,857 medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks traveling through five intersections of the South Ward from three designated time periods of one hour.
Why is air quality monitoring essential?
Monitoring helps in assessing the level of pollution in relation to the ambient air quality standards. These standards are a regulatory measure used to set the target for pollution reduction and achieving clean air.
South Ward Truck Hotspots Monitored:
Lyons Ave + Fabyan Place
Elizabeth Ave + Meeker Ave
Frelinghuysen Ave + Meeker Ave
Frelinghuysen Ave + Empire St
Frelinghuysen Ave + Evergreen Ave
SWEA stands with our residents to fight towards a healthy Port of Newark, one that minimizes air pollution and maximizes community benefits and local jobs. Together, this initiative will engage a base of Newark residents ready to fight for a clean and healthy Port of Newark.