Friday, October 12, 2012

Grey water

Grey water movements and courses in the Southern California area:

The group Greywateraction has an upcoming November conference.  I will be attending this.

Some news of San Diego movements towards greywater use:

The Sky Mountain Institute is an active S. Cal group promoting grey water use:

There is also this one at the Solar Living Institute:

Thursday, October 11, 2012

An outcome of our workshop!

I'm happy to see that the AQMD has chosen to fund a couple of projects from the attendees to our workshops on the AQMD AB 1318 funds.   Not all of them attended our proposal preparation workshops, but a few of them did and the total funded to some of our workshop attendees is over 3 million!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Water Fountain USEPA

I just noticed this on the EPA website. It is the initiative to bring back the water fountain   Bottled water is not a substitute.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Crowdsource your WASH SPOT

Help the Southern California homeless population: Identify and report free accessible washing locations!

The goal of this effort is to search out and find locations where homeless can wash their hands, face, feet and even a shower if possible. We have included a category for public drinking fountains as an indicator of a place where washing may be possibility. An international effort on this is

This is a tutorial on how to add the to your phone. This will allow you to submit crowdsourced reports using an app on your smart phone. The website is to help identify the places where urban survivors can take a bath or wash their hands.

You can also submit reports by:

  1. going online and clicking the "Submit Report" button
  2. Using a mobile phone to text a report in

If you want to use the app method, then follow the steps below.

Download the Ushahidi App to your smart phone from the iphone app store or the android store.  Its free.

Open the app and the Maps Screen will pop up. I have a few maps loaded in my Ushahidi map. Your new app will be blank and you have to add maps.

Click the "+" sign next to where it says "Maps".

Type in the following for URL and Map Name:
Wash Spot

You should see the Wash Spot map show up in your list of maps. 

Open the app and it should look like this: 

To add an entry, click the "write" symbol on the app (see the red arrow above).

Add your desired fields with categories, upload photos and select a location on the map. 

Here is a shot of the categories screen: You can check multiple categories. 
Look at the main website to see your entry. 
The entries have to be verified first and then they will show up on the main map.  Verifying is when the person in charge of the database verifies that the entry is an actual entry and not an error.  We use the term "Validated" is when someone actually checks the physical location for the reported occurence.  

This is what the main website looks like.  
Email me with any questions.  

Good luck and have fun!

Friday, July 20, 2012

A Christian Perspective on Sanitation

I used the previous post to create this prezi presentation about sanitation and world population growth.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A four letter word

Here is an interesting take on water conservation, pathogens and.....poop. 
How many gallons of drinking water did you **** in today? 

Created by:

The original image is here

Monday, June 4, 2012

Coachella Valley Illegal Trash Dumping. What are the health consequences?

Illegal trash dumping impacts Eastern Coachella Valley residents via @kpcc

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Water under Africa: more than we realized!

Thanks to Donn Gaede for forwarding this to me.

"New maps indicate that many countries currently designated as "water scarce" have substantial groundwater reserves."
Here is the BBC article: 
Water under africa???

Here is the article pdf:

Its not available for everyone and much of it is not extractable.  

The good news is: "ground water is indicated to have a residence time in the ground of 20 to 70 years."

Sunday, February 12, 2012

India Water Crisis

The water crisis in India: Its something we should all take note of.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

A Desert Sun Newspaper article quoted our workshop.

Last thursday there was a Public Meeting where the desert sun quoted our Environmental Justice workshop.  The article is entitled "Proposal for Whitewater River trail system draws mixed response".

Our workshop was summarized as: 

"On Dec. 29, a coalition of more than a dozen valley community groups held a
workshop in Coachella, where they prioritized environmental health issues
related to air quality in the valley. 

The groups ranked the cleaning of illegal dumps, such as the notorious Mount San
Diego sludge pile in Thermal and the Larson dump, once the state's largest
illegal dump site, as their top air quality-related problems.

The Thermal Chamber of Commerce, Torres-Martinez tribe, Building Health
Communities Eastern Coachella Valley and Planned Parenthood all attended the Dec. 
29 workshop.

A cross-valley parkway didn't even come up in that discussion, according to Ryan
Sinclair, a Loma Linda University environmental health assistant professor."

Environmental Justice and Air Quality

Here is the summary from our workshop on Dec 29th, 2011

Participatory Priority Ranking of EJ issues in Coachella Valley
Ryan G. Sinclair PhD, MPH –
Loma Linda University Department of Environmental Health and Geoinformatic Sciences

Purpose - A Loma Linda University team from the department of Environmental Health held a participatory priority-ranking workshop with several Community groups from the Coachella Valley (Table 1). The purpose of this workshop was to prioritize environmental justice issues that relate to air quality in the Coachella valley.  An output of the workshop was to develop a list of air quality EJ priority issues and then rank those priorities. This method is published in anthropological literature as the Participatory Analysis for Community Action (PACA) technique. The method is also known as “free lists” and “pile sorting”.   
Methods -The December 29th morning workshop took approximately four hours to complete and come to a consensus on priorities. The workshop used the published PACA method and came up with the Environmental Justice Air Quality project priorities listed in Table 2. Participants then ranked the environmental Justice problems that contribute to poor air quality in the Coachella Valley.  The topics are listed in descending order of priority with unregulated dump sites as the highest priority.
Results - Unregulated dump-sites was the highest priority area. Some of the examples of dump-sites in this category included the “Mount San Diego”, the Larson dump site, and the recent odor emissions from Western Environmental in Mecca. The second ranked priority was a lack of air quality monitoring stations in the Coachella Valley. The remaining priorities are listed in Table 2 below.
Interpretation - Workshop participants produced the results in table 2 without specifying a location preference. The topics chosen suggest that the largest Environmental Justice need is in the Eastern Coachella Valley. It is possible to plot the Table 2 problems on a map to verify that these problems exist largely in the eastern portion of Coachella Valley south of the city of Coachella. This is the suggested site for any environmental justice project that is funded by the AQMD. 

Table 1. Participants in the December 31st meeting.
Promotoras Comunidad del deserto
El Sol Neighborhood Committee
Planned Parenthood
Mecca community members
Fuerza Hispana
Comite Civico del Vale
Torres Martinez Indians
Pueblo Unido
National Latino Research Council
Coachella Valley Unified School District ASES
Thermal Chamber of Commerce
Building Healthy Communities Eastern Coachella Valley
RAICES del Valle

Table 2. Environmental Justice problems, listed during the December 31st workshop. Participants were asked to rank environmental Justice problems that contribute to poor air quality in the Coachella Valley.
EJ problem in Coachella Valley
PACA rank
Unregulated dump sites
Lack of AQ monitors
Particulate Matter and Air quality
Dirt Roads
Transportation Emissions
Salton Sea
Agricultural Practices
Heavy industry
Agricultural Field Burning
Lack of interest in Env. Justice