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NADP-NY22-(National Atmospheric Deposition Program)

Marlene Thompson takes care of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program site located in Fort Covington Center. This site collects precipitation in the form of rain snow sleet hail and is among thousands of sites worldwide. Some of the information that we get from this site is the amount, acidity and conductivity of the precipitation. The site was started in 1999 so currently there is over 12 complete years of data.

pH scale

2012 was definitely the wettest year we have had since starting this collection. The graph below shows how over the years the amount of precipitation has increased. (2013 is partial year Jan-Jul)

Total Depth 00 - 13

In Onerahtohko:wa/May of 2012 we had a severe hail storm which contributed to 2012 being the year with the most precipitation. 2012 was also know as a drought year because after the wet month of Onerahtohko:wa/May, Ohiari:ha/June, Ohiarihko:wa/July, and Seskeha/August were extremely dry. The graph here shows the extreme precipitation and the drought.

Total depth by month 2012

In the previous years the amount of precipitation shows that it is distributed fairly even throughout the year.

 
Total Depth by Month 2006

Marlene also handles the Indoor Air Quality calls. She has responded to calls for mold, water, smell/odor and infestations. The primary program goal is to educate the homeowner to make good choices when it comes to their IAQ. Currently the program receives approximately 15-18 calls a year. Renovations are not part of the program only assessments and recommendations; the homeowner is then responsible to follow through with the recommendations.

Marlene is also the lead in our Emissions Inventory. An Emissions Inventory is an accounting of the amount of pollutants discharged into the atmosphere. An emission inventory usually contains the total emissions for one or more specific air pollutants, originating from all source categories in a certain geographical area and within a specified time span, usually a specific year. Currently the Emissions Inventory is done every 3rd year with one based on 2008 and another based on 2011. The next one will be done based on the year 2014.

Other tasks Marlene takes care of are the burn permits uploading data to the national database for air quality and fluoride vegetation sampling. In the Spring, she sets up in the Lobby of the Administration Building to make it more convenient for the community to fill out the burn permit applications, get any questions answered and does the inspections before the permit is issued. She uploads our monitoring data to the USEPA's Air Quality Sub-System (AQS) national database and goes out once a month between Onerahtohko:wa/May and Kentenha/October to collect samples of grass to be analyzed for Fluoride.

Dallas Caldwell, air quality technician, maintains the sampling equipment and data for metals, Particulate Matter 2.5, Ozone, Sulfur Dioxide, and Nitrogen Oxides.



Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division Updated: 2014.02.26
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