Local agencies benefit from MDAQMD Clean Air Fund grants

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Christmas has come early for three organizations that have received new low-emission utility vehicles through the Mojave Desert Clean Air Fund, a grant program of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD).

The Helendale School DistrictHesperia Recreation and Park District and Twentynine Palms Cemetery District each received just over $22,000 from the MDAQMD to purchase new zero-emission eTuatara, all electric utility vehicles.

“This critical funding will support day-to-day operations at Hesperia Lake,” said Nicolas Chavez, General Manager of the Hesperia Recreation and Park District. “Hesperia Recreation and Park District is thankful to Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District for this opportunity, as it illustrates their commitment to the Victor Valley area in efforts to mitigate air pollution.”

The purpose of MDAQMD’s Clean Air Fund is to provide grants for projects that provide positive air quality impacts on a local community. An award from the District for such projects serves the mission of the District to promote clean air, and contribute to emissions reduction within the jurisdiction.

“The Clean Air Fund was established specifically to benefit local organizations like these, and to provide an extra opportunity outside of our traditional grant programs,” said MDAQMD Executive Director Brad Poiriez. “Any chance our air district has to contribute to local organizations in their efforts to improve our regional air quality is great for all involved.”

The new 2020 expedition vehicles have a range of more than 100 miles, can reach speeds up to 35 mph, boast towing capability of 2,200 pounds each, pulling capacity of 3,000 pounds and a lift capacity of 1,200 pounds.

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