More Park Facilities Reopen During May 2013
Watch Hill and Sailors Haven marinas open May 10. Limited ferry service from Sayville to Sailors Haven resumes May 13 and ferries from Patchogue to Watch Hill start on May 18. Remaining park facilities to reopen by May 25, 2013. More »
At Fire Island National Seashore, it's reported that you can see the skyline of Manhattan from the top of the Fire Island Lighthouse on a very clear day.
Most days on Long Island are not quite that clear, but clean air is one of the qualities that makes Fire Island such a special, magical place.
Historic Quality of Fire Island's Air:
As recorded in the 1977 Final Environmental Assessment for Fire Island National Seashore:
Locally air quality is still monitored at Islip, New York. States are responsible for the attainment and maintenance of national air quality standards developed by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Through a web site managed by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, you may track regional trends of the following pollutants. Use the zip code for Ocean Beach (11770) to see where Fire Island stands.
Elevated concentration of these pollutants can have adverse impacts on park resources and visitors.
The National Park Service has a responsibility to protect air quality under both the 1916 Organic Act and the Clean Air Act (CAA). Vegetation, visibility, water quality, wildlife, historic and prehistoric structures and objects, cultural landscapes, and most other elements of a park environment are sensitive to air pollution and are referred to as "air quality-related values."
The NPS seeks to perpetuate the best possible air quality in parks to preserve natural resources and systems; to preserve cultural resources; and to sustain visitor enjoyment, human health, and scenic vistas.
You can explore interactive educational material on visibility science, issues and laws and regulations through the following links:
Did You Know?
The Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness was named for New York Congressman Otis G. Pike, who served from 1961-79, and co-sponsored the bill to create Fire Island National Seashore in 1964. The Fire Island Wilderness was designated in 1980. More...