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Air Monitoring Is Helping To Clean Our Town. Students perspective of Local Air Quality. Where Is Darrington?. Population 1,200 A small town in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains between Seattle and Canada Rural environment, logging and timber industries.

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Air Monitoring Is Helping To Clean Our Town

Students perspective of Local Air Quality


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Where Is Darrington?

  • Population 1,200

  • A small town in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains between Seattle and Canada

  • Rural environment, logging and timber industries.

  • Known for our Bluegrass and Classic Rock Festivals.



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Darrington

But the surrounding mountains can cause air quality problems.


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Darrington High School

  • Student body < 300.

  • Science Club- a diverse group

    Today……….

  • What we’ve learned as a result of this work.


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Continuous fine Pm

Nephelometer

Aethalometer

Air Monitoring at DHS


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So what is our air quality like?

  • Good in the summer.

    • Smog and Ozone not a problem.

  • In the winter……?





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Air Quality DaysThe good and the bad




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What we have learned…

  • We have issues!


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Our issues are…

  • Darrington has a pollution problem

    • Residential wood burning

    • Potential violation of EPA standards

  • Changing our behaviors will be a challenge.

  • Reducing wood burning will help correct the problem.


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What have we learned and how can we make a difference

  • Pollution is a problem in Darrington.

    • Especially from wood burning

    • Not from the Mill

  • We can’t change the weather but can change ourselves.



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What’s happening now

  • Our town is developing a program to replace wood burning devices.

  • Our science program is now focusing on air quality matters.

  • We are trying to get more people to see the benefits of cleaning our air.

  • Every day now we look to see what is really happening.


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Our teacher’s perspective

  • Science program and community benefits

  • Ties with Biology and Earth Science topics

  • Students make broader connections and relevance to their own lives and families’ health

  • A new awareness of atmospheric pollutants

  • The opportunity for student learning in multiple disciplines


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Thanks!

  • Please visit us at the poster session for questions and more information!




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Air Quality and Meteorology

  • When there is bad weather the pollution becomes trapped in our valley.


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Human behavior and the Weather

  • People behave differently as the weather changes

    • Winter wood burning

    • This adds to air pollution especially when the weather is stagnant

  • Results impact our quality of life


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Temperature Inversions and Air Stagnation

  • What does temperature do with elevation?

  • What is a Temperature Inversion?

  • What role does Temperature play in Air Quality


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Pollution is mixed out

Normal conditions

Temp

Decreases

With elevation


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Temp

Increases

with elevation

then decreases

Top

of

inversion





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