The Agency is a special-purpose, regional public agency chartered by Washington state law in 1967 that works in partnership with federal, state, and local agencies and an array of private and non-profit organizations.
The Agency’s vision for the region is: • All the people and natural systems in our region benefit from clean and healthy air all the time, regardless of socio-economic status or geographic location, • The region does its part, and more, to protect the climate, and • Everyone in the region plays an active role in achieving this vision
The Agency’s jurisdiction covers King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in the state of Washington, spans 6,300 square miles and is home to over 4 million people — over half the state’s population.
The Agency is supported by a 2018-19 operating budget of approximately $12 million and has a staff of about 75 people, including air quality planners and engineers, inspectors, meteorologists, experts in air quality monitoring and teams who manage incentive-based programs across a variety of sectors. In addition, in-house computer services, communications, human resources, legal services, records management, accounting and administrative staff play a critical role in supporting our air quality work.