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Woodstove Replacement Programs

Environmental Public Benefit (EPB) Funds Program

On August 6, 2014 at 6pm in Town Council Chambers/Suite Z, the Town Council will consider accepting $274,963 from the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District for woodstove replacements. The Council will also be considering allocating a portion of these funds to the purchase of another new street sweeper. Due to the widespread benefit throughout town, including the reduction in potential structure fire hazards, staff is recommending that the entire amount be dedicated to woodstove replacements.

The staff report for this item will be available no later than August 1st on the Town's website (please see the August 6th agenda).

If you have any questions or comments on this item, please contact Jen Daugherty, Senior Planner, at or (760) 934-8989 ext. 260.

Previous Woodstove Replacement Program (Clean Air Projects Program)
Under the Town of Mammoth Lakes' CAPP program, 21 woodstoves were replaced with more efficient and cleaner heating systems. An additional 31 woodstove replacements were completed in Mammoth Lakes through the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District's CAPP program. These funds have been expended, and the CAPP programs are closed.

See the March 24, 2014 CAPP Press Release here!

Burn Hot, Clean Fires to Keep our Air Clean
When Mammoth Lakes experiences periods of clear, cold, and calm weather, the air quality deteriorates.

To keep the air as clean as possible, please do your part by following these simple steps:
  • Only burn clean and hot fires
  • Check your chimney periodically for emissions (if smoke is clearly visible, your fire needs more air, the wood is not dry enough, or the wood is not split small enough)
  • Call (760) 934-1010 or sign up for notifications through the Town's Notify Me feature at http://www.ci.mammoth-lakes.ca.us/list.aspx to see if there are any wood burning restrictions
  • Abide by the "no wood burning" restrictions

Please click here for Wood Burning Do's and Don'ts

You may check particulate emission (PM-10) levels on the GBUAPCD's Mammoth Lakes monitoring station website at http://www.gbuapcd.org/data/mammoth/index.htm

Particulate Emissions Regulations (Woodstove Ordinance) - Municipal Code Chapter 8.30
The Town's Particulate Emissions Regulations (Municipal Code Chapter 8.30) was revised on May 7, 2014 by Town Council.

Particulate Emissions Regulations (Municipal Code Chapter 8.30)

Air Quality Management Plan Update
On November 6, 2013, the Town Council adopted an updated Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) or Air Quality Maintenance Plan and PM-10 Redesignation Request. This was subsequently approved by the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District on May 5, 2014. An update to Municipal Code Chapter 8.30, Particulate Emissions Regulations, was also included in this effort. This work was funded by a grant from the Clean Air Projects Program (CAPP). 

    Final Air Quality Maintenance Plan and PM-10 Redesignation Request

    Ordinance 13-09 - Updated Particulate Emissions Regulations
    (Municipal Code Chapter 8.30)
 (see above for updated version)

November 6, 2013 Town Council Public Hearing
The Town Council held a public hearing on November 6, 2013 starting at 6pm to consider adoption of the AQMP Update (Air Quality Maintenance Plan and PM-10 Redesignation Request for Mammoth Lakes) and the revisions to Municipal Code 8.30, Particulate Emissions Regulations.

Town Council Agenda Bill
Town Council Ordinance (draft)

Final Draft AQMP (Air Quality Maintenance Plan and PM-10 Redesignation Request for Mammoth Lakes)

Strikethrough Version of Municipal Code Chapter 8.30

September 11, 2013 Workshop
A public workshop was held to review the draft AQMP at the September 11th Planning and Economic Development Commission meeting.  The meeting starts at 2pm in Suite Z/Town Council Chambers.  If you cannot attend the meeting, please feel free to provide written comments to Jen Daugherty at  


Air Quality Reports
The Town of Mammoth Lakes in coordination with the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (GBUAPCD) continually monitors air quality in Mammoth Lakes.  Data is obtained via a monitoring station operated by the GBUAPCD.  During the winter season, generally November 15th through March 15th, the Town will announce "no wood burning" days when air quality is forecast to approach unhealthy levels. 

The GBUAPCD provides the Town with annual reports on air quality:


Additional Information
For additional information on Mammoth Lakes' air quality, please contact Nolan Bobroff, Planning Technician at (760) 934-8989 ext. 227.



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