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Air officials urge fireworks restraint

Air officials urge fireworks restraint

Emissions from annual activity pose preventable health threat

As the Fourth of July approaches, Valley Air District officials urge Valley residents to consider the effect of fireworks on their own and their neighbors’ health.

Fireworks emit large quantities of dangerous particulate matter (PM), pumping airborne material, including soot, ash and metals, in the Valley’s air. This type of pollution causes serious health effects, including lung infections, bronchitis and cardiac illness. People with existing respiratory conditions, elderly people and small children are especially susceptible.

The increase in PM also jeopardizes the Valley’s progress in meeting health-based air-quality standards.

Winds prompt health caution in San Joaquin Valley

Winds prompt health caution in San Joaquin Valley

to gusty northwest winds across the northern San Joaquin Valley have prompted local air-pollution officials to issue a health cautionary statement through this evening. These winds are forecast to strengthen across the western parts of the District later this afternoon.

Winds in the northern and western part of the San Joaquin Valley may produce areas of localized blowing dust. Blowing dust can result in unhealthy concentrations of particulate matter 10 microns and smaller, or PM10.

Exposure to particle pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks and acute bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections. For people with heart disease, short-term exposure to particle pollution has been linked to heart attacks and arrhythmia, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Residents in these areas are advised to use caution through this evening.

Stockton recycling plant a ‘showcase factory’

Stockton recycling plant a ‘showcase factory’

Californians throw out hundreds of thousands of “obsolete” televisions, computers, monitors and other electronic devices every year.

That is a lot of plastic, metal, glass, lead, gold and other materials used to make those electronics – far too much to go into our already brimming landfills.

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City of Stockton Dedication Ceremony Delta Water Supply Project Water Treatment Plant

City of Stockton Dedication Ceremony Delta Water Supply Project Water Treatment Plant

City of Stockton will hold a dedication ceremony for the new Delta Water Supply Project Water Treatment Plant, Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at 4:00 pm.  The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will be held outside the new administration and operations building of the water treatment plant, 11373 N. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi.  Parking is available along the main entrance road entering the facility.

Located on 60 acres north of Eight Mile Road, the new water treatment plant is built to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards. The site features natural lighting to reduce power demands, solar panels to provide clean renewable energy and drought tolerant landscaping. 

The 30 million gallon per day water treatment plant uses state-of-the-art processes to ensure the drinking water meets or exceeds the highest water quality standards required by State and Federal law. 

#93 of 100 Reasons to Smile in Stockton, California

#93 of 100 Reasons to Smile in Stockton, California

Blowing dust prompts health caution throughout air basin

Blowing dust prompts health caution throughout air basin

Gusty winds over the San Joaquin Valley have prompted local air-pollution officials to issue a health cautionary statement through this evening.

Winds in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley air basin portion of Kern counties may produce areas of localized blowing dust. Blowing dust can result in unhealthy concentrations of    particulate matter 10 microns and smaller, or PM10. 

Exposure to particle pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks and acute bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections. For people with heart disease, short-term exposure to particle pollution has been linked to heart attacks and arrhythmia, according to the U.S.

Supermoon in El Dorado County

SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA - This was shot in El Dorado County California at 8:15 p.m. 5.5.12 on the Ponderosa Road overcrossing at HWY 50 (near the recent meteor explosion and meteorite dusting back on April 22, 2012).

Hoped to get it coming up over the Sierra, but it was sneaky and came up further south and higher in the sky than I wanted it to be, but still pretty. Little instant tail gate party going on with all the area folks hanging out on the overcrossing waiting for it to show up.