In the spirit of Earth Day we have put together a three-part *Dose series examining environmental issues that are currently affecting the action sports community. In Part 1, we look at the inversion smog that surrounds the Salt Lake City, Utah.*
After a bluebird day on the mountains that surround Salt Lake City, Utah, it's hard to imagine that 20 minutes below is a city riddled with smog. The specific smog issue in Salt Lake City is called inversion, which traps polluted air in the valley most severely during the winter months. The inversion has three major sources: industrial pollution, vehicular pollution (cars), and area sources (barbecues, home heating, etc.).
Dose host Tim Brodhagen sat down with local pro snowboarder Aaron Bittner to get a feel for what it's like dealing with inversion and its effects. The Salt Lake City area has seen a giant rise in asthma rates over the last few years, and there are many respiratory problems that are associated with this issue.
Alan Matheson, an Environmental Advisor to the Utah governor and Ralph Becker, the mayor of Salt Lake City, also give us great insight into this long-standing problem and what steps the Utah state and Salt Lake City local governments are taking to combat it. One thing is certain, this is a continuing issue with many changes needed to help reverse it.
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Park City Mountain - www.parkcitymountain.com
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