Health effects of airborne particulate matter near the Salton Sea: A Community-based exploratory project in the Imperial Valley, CA.
|The Salton Sea is a man-made, saline lake, located in southeastern California, in the Imperial and Coachella valleys. As a result of climate change, drought, agricultural practices, rural-urban water transfers, the Salton Sea is a polluted and shrinking lake. Communities are concernedÂ about high rates of asthma andÂ the potential role of the Salton Sea as a source of air pollution, both from hydrogen sulfide from the lake bed, and airborne dust and toxic particulate matter, and other health hazards stemming from the lakeâs deteriorating water quality and increasingly exposed banks. For this project, Dr. Pinkerton and his team are investigatingÂ how particulate matter (ambient PM2.5 and PM10) mightÂ sensitize the immune system to house dust mite (HDM) allergen. In particular, the researchersÂ are interested in understanding the role of inflammation, oxidative stress and other pathways of PM-mediated immunotoxicity in the Imperial Valley. The team is workingÂ in collaboration with The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW) and ComitÃ© CÃvico del Valle (CCV), and the communities ofÂ of Brawley and Calipatria.|