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Air Quality at Everglades National Park
What’s in the Air?
Most visitors expect clean air and good visibility in parks. However, Everglades National Park (NP), Florida, the “River of Grass” and home to the only subtropical preserve in North America, often experiences relatively poor air quality. The park is affected by many sources of air pollution, including power plants, urban areas, agriculture, and industry. Pollutants emitted from these sources can harm the park’s natural and scenic resources such as surface waters, vegetation, birds, fish, and visibility.
How is air pollution affecting Everglades National Park?
- Airborne toxics such as mercury and pesticides accumulate in the park ecosystems, threatening species including the endangered Florida panther. more »
- The deposition of atmospheric nitrogen contributes to harmful algae blooms and the loss of seagrasses in the park and nearby Florida Bay. more »
- While ozone-sensitive vegetation is found in the park, ground-level ozone concentrations are relatively low and unlikely to affect species. more »
- Fine particles of air pollution sometimes cause haze in the park, affecting how well and how far visitors can see vistas and landmarks. more »
What is the National Park Service doing about air pollution at the park?
- Monitoring mercury, nitrogen, sulfur, ozone, fine particles, and haze to assess status and trends. more »
- Evaluating the impacts of air pollution on park ecosystems. more »
- Working with federal, state, and local agencies, industry, and public interest groups to develop strategies to reduce air pollution and protect and restore park resources. The NPS also reviews plans for development that may increase air pollution in national parks. more »
- Reducing fuel use and emissions from transportation sources, increasing use of alternative fuels and hybrid vehicles, improving energy conservation measures in park facilities, and educating the public (Climate Friendly Parks Action Plan [pdf, 625 KB]).
Pollutants including mercury, nitrogen, ozone, and fine particles affect resources such as streams, soils, and scenic vistas. Find out how on our Everglades NP Air Pollution Impacts web page.
Studies and monitoring help the NPS understand the environmental impacts of air pollution. Access air quality data and see what is happening with Studies and Monitoring at Everglades NP.
Last Updated: June 03, 2011