• Welcome to the new WESTAR/WRAP website!

    We’re so excited to have a new and modern website with better search functions, better organization and a members only section for our membership.

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  • Strong winds in New Mexico lead to increased dust and smoke in the spring of 2022.

    On Earth Day, April 22, NOAA’s GOES East satellite watched strong winds kick up dust and sand in West Texas and New Mexico, notably from the famed White Sands National Park near the center of the frame, as well as spread smoke plumes from wildfires burning farther north.

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  • The Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Complex Wildfirein 2022

    (picture from Pecos, NM)

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The Western States Air Resources Council (WESTAR) was founded in 1988 by eight western state air agencies. Since hiring staff and opening its office in early 1992, the Council grew to 15 states extending from Alaska to New Mexico; from Hawaii to North and South Dakota. WESTAR was formed to promote the exchange of information between the States, serve as a forum to discuss western regional air quality issues of common concern and share resources for the common benefit of the member states. In 2013, the Western Regional Air Partnership (WRAP) joined WESTAR, bringing additional federal, tribal, and local air agency members. WRAP is a voluntary partnership of states, tribes, federal land managers, local air agencies and the US EPA whose purpose is to understand current and evolving regional air quality issues in the West.

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