Two local tribes announced Friday they are partnering to form an air quality monitoring partnership in the Coachella Valley — which has some of the worst air quality in the nation.
The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians and the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians formed the Coachella Valley Tribal Air Monitoring Cooperative, with the goal of tracking levels of dust in the air over time and educating the public about the air they breathe, the tribes said in a joint statement.
The tribes marked the new partnership with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new air monitoring station at the Eagle Hills Golf Course in Indio.
“The air monitoring station is the first of its kind in the Coachella Valley and uses the latest technology to measure air quality, more specifically particulate matter and ozone levels,” the tribes said.
The partnership formed from an initial effort by the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians to get grant funding to build an air-monitoring program.
The band was successfully awarded a Community Air Grant from the California Air Resource Board under the Assembly Bill 617 program, which is aimed at air resource protection through a “community-focused action framework” by educating people about the air they breathe.
Data collected at the new air monitoring station will be available to the public on the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians website at 29palmstribe.org.
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