Applying air quality results for cleaner air
The Air Quality Act of 1967 was only the first of many legal steps to protect clean air. In the decades that have followed, many federal and state laws, as well as the knowledge gained from park monitoring and research, have led to cleaner air:
Although pollution has decreased, the total amount of acid deposition continues to exceed levels that are healthy for plants and animals. For a healthy park, we hope to see continued reductions in pollution.
To read about some of the impacts of air pollution on Smokies streams, go to Dispatches Issue 3: Stream Acidification and Partner Profile: Taking the pulse of Smoky Mountain streams.
Return to Dispatches from the Field: Issue 5 main page.
Did You Know?
More than 240 species of birds have been found in the park. Sixty species are year-round residents. Nearly 120 species breed in the park, including 52 species from the neo-tropics. Many other species use the park as an important stopover and foraging area during their semiannual migration.