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Air Quality Assessment in the Columbia River Basin   

An assessment of existing and potential impacts to vegetation, aquatics, and visibility within the Columbia River basin due to air pollution was conducted as part of the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project. This assessment examined the current situation and potential trends due to pollutants such as ammonium, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, particulates, carbon, and ozone. Ecosystems and resources at risk are identified, including certain forests, lichens, cryptogamic crusts, high-elevation lakes and streams, arid lands, and class I areas. Current monitoring data are summarized and air pollution sources identified. The assessment also includes a summary of data gaps and suggestions for future research and monitoring related to air pollution and its effects on resources in the interior Columbia River basin.

Schoettle, Anna W.; Tonnessen, Kathy; Turk, John; Vimont, John; Amundson, Robert (authors); Acheson, Ann; Peterson, Janice (tech.eds). 1999. An assessment the effects of human-caused air pollution on resources within the interior Columbia River basin. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-447. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 66 p. (Quigley, Thomas M., ed.; Interior Columbia Ecosystem Management Project: scientific assessment.)

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