Experts: Coronavirus improved Harris County’s air quality, but further monitoring still needed in marginalized communities

HARC in the News


By Kelly Schafler, Community Impact

Research shows the Greater Houston area’s air quality improved amid the coronavirus pandemic, but a Houston-area organization said air quality in communities located near major industrial sectors still needs attention.

Houston Advanced Research Center, an environmental research organization, published a report in late April showing that

several common pollutants in Harris County decreased from March 11-April 13 compared to historical data.


Regional improvements for air quality don't necessarily translate to neighborhood-level improvements in air quality—particularly for communities that are directly adjacent to industrial facilities.

Bakeyah Nelson, Executive Director, Air Alliance Houston