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Air Quality Initiative

NAQI funds for fiscal year 2022 currently available in Hood River County.

The National Air Quality Initiative (NAQI) provides financial assistance to help farmers implement conservation practices that address air resource issues for designated locations throughout the nation. Agricultural atmospheric related concerns include greenhouse gas emissions, ozone precursors, volatile organic compounds, airborne particulate matter, and some odor-related volatile compounds.

Counties: Hood River

Resource Concerns: Air quality emissions ‐ Emissions of particulate matter (PM) and PM precursors
Air quality emissions ‐ Emissions of ozone precursors

Project Description

Air Quality management in Hood River County to reduce the use of diesel burning smudge pots and replace with cleaner burning technology.  And to improve air quality through the reduction of open pile burning by using grinding, chipping, or clean burning methods.

Conservation Practices

  • Combustion System Improvement )(372
  • Woody Residue Treatment (384)

Project Partners

  • OSU Extension
  • Hood River County
  • Columbia Gorge Fruit Growers
  • Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District

Screening Questions

  1. Do you currently use diesel fuel smudge pots on your offered property? Yes= Eligible for 372 No= Not Eligible for 372
  2. Do you currently use open pile burning to dispose of wood waste as regular operation management? Yes= Eligible for 384 for
    the buner No= Not eligible for 384 for the burner
  3. If you want to do grinding and chipping in lieu of burning, did you receive payments for the same under the Conservation
    Security Program? Yes=Not eligible for 384 for grinding and chipping No= eligible for 384 for grinding and chipping
Ranking Criteria

(Answer 1a or 1b)

1. How much reduction in diesel smudge pots?

1a. The upgrade to another form of frost control other than diesel burning heaters, on the offered ground, will result in zero diesel smudge pots remaining on any of your operation?

1b.The land you are offering to upgrade to another form of frost control will provide a significant (significant meaning 75% or more) reduction in the number of diesel smudge pots on your operation?

2. Are you applying to dispose of orchard wood waste in a manner other than open pile burning?
3. Are you applying to use the Columbia Gorge Fruit Grower's air curtain burner to use in lieu of open pile burning for any orchard/vineyard waste wood that will fit in the burner?
4. Has the applicant implemented the operation and maintenance plans for all practices installed with program assistance in the past five years, or is this the applicants first contract?
5. Are each of the applicants active program contracts in compliance? Also answer yes for contracts out of compliance due to reasons beyond the applicant’s control, or if this is the applicants first contract?
6. Has the applicant avoided contract termination within the past 3 years? Also answer yes for contracts terminated for reasons beyond the applicant’s control, or if this is the applicants first contract?


Carly Heron, District Conservationist
Hood River County
6780 Hwy 35
Parkdale, OR 97041
Phone:  541-352-1037