We live 1,720 feet from a freeway according to the Los Angeles Times' interactive map, and yet our home is a mere 300 - 400 feet from where Metrolink idles and maintains its outdated diesel engines, the bulk of them Tier 0 (worst polluting). These are slowly going to be replaced by the new Tier 4 train but meanwhile, in the photo below. On the right, this is what a pomegranate from our backyard tree looks like before being washed and wiped free of the black, oily soot it has acquired from a season's growth. Stripes where the color of the fruit shows through were cleaned to show the contrast and thickness of the black soot layer.
The morning that we installed this air sensor courtesy of the Coalition for Clean Air, we were stunned by the rumble and roar from Metrolink's Central Maintenance Facility (CMF). This is just one step toward gathering data about how our air quality is negatively impacted by the CMF. Anyone got a lead on some decibel readers to complement the particle measurement?
Join us by bike or on foot, Saturday, August 12th, 2017 and the second Saturday of each month to meet your neighbors and enjoy the gritty wonders of the Los Angeles River while promoting safe speeds for all users on the shared path. Riders and walkers will depart from Riverdale Ave. entrance to the Los Angeles River Path, then head to south to Osos, loop north to Fletcher, then head to Gilroy & Ripple for coffee and conversation at the Cafecito Organico. This month’s topic: Understanding Air Quality. Elysian Valley’s stretch of the Los Angeles River shared path is critically impacted by freeways and the persistent problem of noise and air pollution from Metrolink’s Central Maintenance Facility on San Fernando Blvd in Cypress Park. We celebrate the opportunity to bring awareness to dangerous pollution from diesel particulate matter -- making “the invisible visible” –- by connecting our communities to the California Coalition for Clean Air’s monitoring system . This is the next step to effectively fighting Metrolink’s negative impact on our neighborhoods.