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Students Test Air and Water Quality in the Bronx

posted Jan 16, 2015, 12:43 PM by Alison Gazarek
In partnership with Sustainable South Bronx, FLHFHS students continue to research air and water quality in our community. From their website:

AirCasting students are starting to reveal a pattern in Hunts Point, where SSBx has been working with five local high-school groups and our own BEST academy students to determine the location of pockets of poor air quality on the peninsula. 

Plagued by a number of important, yet polluting, industries, Hunts Point has fallen under the careful lens of students equipped with premiere air quality monitoring technology. Recently, our work was covered in The Hunts Point Express. Read more at: The Hunts Point Express

One of the many goals in launching a program like AirCasting is to monitor local areas, but more importantly, to also spark the conversation about what makes air pollution good or bad and then equip and engage local citizens to join this conversation. When asked what they learned, students commented on the connection between air quality, pollution sources and the health and well-being of local residents. Victor Rivera from Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High-school, in an interview, said “The air is bad in some parts of the Bronx, and that needs to change.”