air quality

The Deeper Impact of Poor Air Quality in the Smokies

One can easily understand how air pollution could affect visibility throughout Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

What’s not as easy to see, but is just as devastating, is how the concentrations of nitrogen and sulfur in the air are impacting water chemistry, aquatic life and even vegetation. 

Beyond the Bench

Remember that old saying: “Things aren’t always what they seem.”

It’s especially true when you’re talking about the bench in front of the Durham County South Regional Library near Research Triangle Park.

As you can see from the photo, the bench is very much a bench. But it turns out, that particular bench is also part of a project sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to test what you could call next-generation air monitoring stations.