Acid Deposition in the Wind River Mountains

by Alan F. Galbraith, Bridger-Teton Natl Forest, Jackson, WY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Watershed Management in the Eighties


National attention has been focused on the discovery of acidified lakes in the Adirondack Mountains of New York and elsewhere in New England. It is commonly believed that the West, in particular the Rocky Mountain Region, is still pristine so far as acid deposition is concerned. The initial results of a USDA-Forest Service long-term monitoring program in the Wind River Mountains, Wyoming, indicate the potential for damage from acid precipitation exists at the present time. This monitoring program was undertaken due to development of natural gas refining facilities in southwest Wyoming, upwind of the Bridger and Fitzpatrick Wildernesses.

Subject Headings: Acids | Mountains | Wind engineering | Rivers and streams | Lakes | Air pollution | Watersheds | Acid rain | United States | Wyoming | New York | New England | Rocky Mountains

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