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Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice
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From Air Pollution 2 Water Pollution in the Inland Empire
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2020
Water Resources / Watershed Protection ; Environmental Health & Justice ; Environmental Education ; Land Management / Urban Sprawl / Open Space
Southern Coast
Riverside County ; San Bernardino County
Project Description:

The Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice has studied air pollution impacts from the explosion of the logistics industry in the Inland Empire region for many years. We are recognizing what starts as air pollution may end up as water pollution.
In the last decade, more than 150 million square feet of industrial space, the vast majority of it warehouses was constructed. With this logistics industry boom brings increase of road transport of heavy-duty diesel and drayage trucks (at the facility site) which is the largest contributor to nitrogen dioxide pollution. In southern California, tremendous effort been expended on monitoring air quality for human health concerns but virtually no effort has been expended on monitoring deposits of air pollutants into our waterways such as the Santa Ana River. CCAEJ is interested as to how many warehouse developments constructed along the Santa Ana River that runs through part of San Bernardino and Riverside County and just how close in proximity to the watershed. We assume that the density of warehouse developments along the Santa Ana River contributes to an increase in atmospheric pollutant source(s) entering the waterway.
Understanding the pollutant mobility is critical when considering the ecological and human health impacts of air pollution. We should also evaluate the implications of climate change on the Santa Ana River, especially with the increase of heat, increase of air pollutants from transportation and greenhouse gas emissions effects. Our intent for this proposal is two-fold: first to conduct a ground truth assessment on the proximity and number of warehouse development along the Santa Ana River in San Bernardino and Riverside County, secondly to educate/engage residents to understand the relationship between air and water pollution and to advocate for their rights to good health. We will do this by providing toxic tours, teach ins, ground truth, community meetings and leadership training.