Aside the Border Wall
Photo by Carly Creley

Our current project began as an investigation into the challenges that face towns that do not have drinkable water coming out of the tap, but upon digging into the first study area, the Imperial Valley, we discovered that the associated problems from environmental and social injustice spread far wider. Water pollution in the New River is so serious, that just a splash causes a rash, sores, and days of vomiting. Air pollution leads to teen heart attacks, the highest asthma rates in the nation, and days that an entire community that cannot go outside. Workers are exploited, and Native people ignored. We are currently working on an in-depth exploration of the multifaceted issues facing the Imperial and Coachella Valley region, and will outline how these issues are echoed throughout the state.