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References: Salton Sea Pollution

The following publications feature insights from the principal researchers on the health status of the Imperial Valley:

Desert Sun
The Desert Sun:
Asthma Crisis Strikes Children near Salton Sea

Imperial Valley Press

Imperial Valley Press:
Tackling Air Quality Concerns, Finding Solutions


Data and information used for the infograph was compiled from the following sources:

Air Pollution Data:

Air Data - Multiyear Tile Plot. (2017, June 12). Retrieved October 05, 2017, from

Alamo and New Rivers Runoff into Salton Sea:

Colorado River Regional Water Quality Control Board. (n.d.). Salton Sea. Retrieved October 06, 2017, from

Dust From the Salton Sea is Harmful:

Peeples, L. (2012, August 11). Dust Storms' Health Risks: Asthma Triggers, Chemicals, Bacteria May Be In The Wind. Retrieved October 05, 2017, from

Increase in Dust Over the Years:

Cohen M. Hazard’s Toll: The Costs of Inaction at the Salton Sea. Pacific Institute 2014 Retrieved from

Tackling Air Quality Concerns, Finding Solutions

Delgado, E. (2017, November 3). Tackling air quality concerns, finding solutions. Imperial Valley Press, pp. A1-A5. Retrieved November 16, 2017, from

Young Children are Suffering from Alarmingly High Rates of Asthma Near the Salton Sea, Study Finds:

James, I. (2017, November 6). Near salton sea many young children suffer asthma study finds. Desert Sun. Retrieved November 16, 2017, from

Consequences of Inhaled Dust on Children's Respiratory System:

Plopper, C., Smiley-Jewell, S., Miller, L., Fanucchi, M., Evans, M., Buckpitt, A., . . . Hyde, D. (n.d.). Asthma/allergic airways disease: Does postnatal exposure to environmental toxicants promote airway pathobiology? Toxicologic Pathology., 35(1), 97-110


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