Bandelier National Monument AQRV's
Chemistry data indicate that surface waters in the monument are well-buffered and therefore, not likely to be acidified by atmospheric deposition.
Cultural resources in Bandelier NM may be sensitive to deposition of atmospheric pollutants. Limited research from Mesa Verde NP suggests that the mineralogy of the sandstone comprising many ancestral Pueblo structures in the region may be susceptible to acidic compounds, including sulfates and nitrates from the atmosphere.
While there have been no systematic studies, there is currently no information indicating that wildlife in Bandelier NM are being affected by air pollutants.
Dark night skies are considered an important air quality related value at Bandelier NP, possessing value as a cultural, scenic, natural, and scientific resource. Air pollution and poor quality outdoor lighting degrade night skies, lessening a viewer's ability to see stars and other astronomical objects, and altering the nocturnal scene. Use of high quality lighting that produces very little scattered light can greatly improve the night sky. Reduction of haze from air pollution can also improve the night sky.
Soils in Bandelier NM are likely to well-buffered and insensitive to acidification by atmospheric deposition. There is no information available on the long-term effects (e.g., fertilization) of nitrogen deposition on soils in the monument. In some parts of the country, nitrogen deposition has caused changes in soil nutrient cycling.
Several plant species that occur in Bandelier NM are known to be sensitive to ozone (e.g., Populus tremuloides) although the specific genotypes found in the park have not been tested under controlled conditions for sensitivity. These species are sensitive AQRVs.
- Ozone Sensitive Plant Species Listed by Park
- Ozone Sensitive Plant Species on NPS and U.S. FWS Lands
- Ozone Bioindicators on NPS and U.S. FWS Lands
Visibility is a sensitive AQRV at Bandelier NM. Visibility impairment due to fine particle pollution has been documented at Bandelier NM.