WHO and WHAT has been smoking out The Watershed School?
Concentrations on March 5 were higher at the Dale Road area charter school than at any other monitor in the Fairbanks North Star Borough or in the United States. The RAMS trailer monitor recorded UNHEALTHY with a 24-hour average of 63 µg/m3 and a peak of 113 µg/m3. At 9 am, as children were being dropped off at school, PM 2.5 hit 98 µg/m3. This poisonous air pollution was more than double that recorded in North Pole’s frequently toxic “Rectangle of Death” and nearly double the 35 µg/m3 federal 24-hr standard.
Click and zoom in on the maps to take a close look at The Watershed School PM 2.5 pollution pit on March 5. Note the two red, tell-tale funnel-shapes feeding into the UNHEALTHY air over Watershed and the nearby neighborhood.
Virtually dead calm: at the Fairbanks International airport, zero wind was recorded at 9 am.
So, Where’s the Smoke Pollution Coming From?
With calm winds, wood and coal smoke accumulates near it’s source. FNSB sniffer maps help identify smoke sources. Near Watershed, maps appear to pinpoint three significant, repeated emission sources.
A source near Chena Small Tracts Road, across the Chena River to the north:
At least one chronic source near Fairchild Avenue in the adjacent neighborhood:
A source near Clark Avenue to the southwest:
DEC stopped the sources at Woodriver Elementary School. It’s time to fix Watershed.
Thanks to the diligent (and at risk) sniffer vehicle drivers and the FNSB Air Quality program for publishing these maps.
>> Link: data source School Sniffer Maps – 2013