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Utah’s National Parks and Monuments Take Steps to Improve Air Quality

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By Utah Clean Cities Coalition

The number of visitors to Utah’s National Parks and Monuments has increased steadily over the last decade. In 2014, Utah National Parks welcomed millions of visitors:
Zion: approximately 3.2 million visitors
Bryce Canyon: approximately 1.4 million visitors
Arches: approximately 1.3 million visitors
Capitol Reef: approximately 787,000 visitors
Canyonlands: approximately 542,000 visitors

Although these numbers translate into economic dollars for the surrounding towns and the state, they also raise air quality concerns in a region known for pristine vistas. What can we do to strike a balance?The Utah Clean Cities Coalition (UCCC) thought this would be a great opportunity for a workshop to explore the potential alternative fuel (AF) and advanced technology vehicles (ATVs) options available to the National Park Service (NPS) to mitigate the impacts from the high volumes of visitors to parks.

On Dec. 1, 2015, UCCC and the Office of Energy Development (OED) held a National Parks Clean Cities Initiative Workshop in St. George. Representatives from Zion National Park, Pipe Springs National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Timpanogos Cave National Park, Dinosaur National Monument and Parashant National Monument were in attendance, along with compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), electric vehicle (EV), biofuels, and idle-free industry leaders.(…)

For more, visit the Department of Environmental Quality’s blog.