The department works to maintain the purity of Missouri's air to protect the health, general welfare and property of the people. It’s not a task that can be completed by one agency alone. That’s why we continue to exchange information with people in industry, consulting, regulatory agencies, environmental groups and the public to help make a difference in Missouri air quality together. Here are some recent success stories related to air quality efforts in Missouri.

Herculaneum Mott Street Air Monitoring Site

Air Quality Attainment Status Officially Achieved in Jackson and Jefferson Counties

This action marks the culmination of nearly a decade of work by the Department of Natural Resources and Missouri’s industries to improve air quality in these areas

Several people standing between two school buses.

Lewis County C-1 School District Commits to Alternative-Fueled School Buses

Using cost-share assistance through the Volkswagen Trust Fund, Lewis County C-1 School District replaced two of their old diesel buses with a new propane bus and an all-electric bus.

Tugboat engine

Volkswagen Trust Funds Replacement of Tugboat Engines

MoDNR’s Volkswagen (VW) Trust team visited Capital Sand’s Marge I tugboat. Capital Sand replaced the vessel’s older diesel engines with new engines partially funded by cost-share from the VW Trust.

The front of a truck is swiveled open to expose its engine.

Volkswagen Trust Truck Replacement Funding

MoDNR’s Volkswagen (VW) Trust team awarded Iron County $96,600 in cost-share funding for the replacement of two government-owned dump trucks.

MoDNR staff and grant awardees stand next to an electric vehicle charging station completed in May 2021.

Traveling Across Missouri in an Electric Vehicle Made Easier

Finding locations to recharge your electric vehicle while traveling across Missouri may have felt like a game of hide and seek in the past. Finding a nearby charging station today, however, is getting easier thanks to the department's Volkswagen Trust Funds.

The outside of a generic yellow school bus, including the front top caution lights with the words "School Bus"

No Idling

Reducing idling at schools is important because air pollution affects children the most. Children’s lungs are sensitive and still developing; in fact, children breathe 50% more air per pound of body weight than adults do. Learn how students at the Center for Creative Learning in the Rockwood School District, St. Louis County, started an idling reduction program.