Advocating for Social and Environmental Justice in Stanislaus County and the Central Valley
On September 5th 2018 members of Valley Improvement Projects, Central Valley Air Quality Coalition (CVAQ), and Catholic Charities of Stockton hosted officials from the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Air Resources Board on a bus tour of the Port of Stockton, Patterson/West County area, and the Airport Neighborhood.
The “North Valley Tour” served as a reminder to these officials that the Modesto area ranks #7 in Ozone Pollution, #6 in Year Round Particulate Pollution, and #5 in Short-term Particulate Pollution in the entire country.
The tour began at the Port of Stockton neighborhood, went down Interstate 5 to Patterson and Crows Landing in West Stanislaus County, and then through South Modesto, Downtown, and ended in the Airport Neighborhood. All of these communities are over-burdened with multiple sources of harmful air pollution from diesel trucks, pesticides, and industrial sites.
The state of California is making major investments in cleaning its air and VIP, Catholic Charities, and CVAQ all hope that the San Joaquin Valley, the Northern part of the Valley in particular, are made a priority.
Below are the informational materials provided to state officials about West Stanislaus County: