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Air Quality at Virgin Islands National Park

What’s in the Air?

Map of Virgin Islands National Park in U.S. Virgin Islands
Virgin Islands NP, U.S. Virgin Islands

Most visitors expect clean air and good visibility in parks. While Virgin Islands National Park (NP), U.S. Virgin Islands — America’s island paradise of white sandy beaches, crystal blue-green waters, coral reefs, hills, and valleys — enjoys relatively good air quality, occasional Saharan dust events and upwind urban and industrial sources can degrade air quality. These airborne pollutants can harm the park’s natural and scenic resources such as surface waters, coral reefs, and visibility.

How is air pollution affecting Virgin Islands National Park?

  • Fine particles of air pollution and African dust events sometimes cause haze in the park, affecting how well and how far visitors can see vistas and landmarks. more »
  • Levels of nitrogen and sulfur deposition are relatively low but surface waters at the park may be affected by even low levels of deposition. more »

What is the National Park Service doing about air pollution at the park?

  • Monitoring nitrogen, sulfur, fine particles, and haze to assess status and trends in air quality. more »
  • Evaluating the impacts of air pollution (i.e., dust events) 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, such as prohibiting use of combustion engines for underwater surface supplied dive operations and generator use by marine vessels between 10 PM and 8 AM. Other specific actions undertaken include coordination and collaboration with the US Environmental Protection Agency and local agencies to review a nearby waste incinerator and oil refinery. The NPS also reviews plans for development that may increase air pollution in national parks. more »
  • Permitting and encouraging use of local shared taxis to transport park visitors and reduce traffic along the popular north shore area, and reducing the overall transportation impact by allowing both marine and land-based tour groups to utilize the park. more »

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Pollutants including nitrogen, sulfur, dust, and fine particles affect resources such as surface waters and scenic vistas. Find out how on our Virgin Islands NP Air Pollution Impacts web page.

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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 Virgin Islands NP.

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Last Updated: January 26, 2015