The importance of the air we breathe is second only to the availability of potable, affordable water to the community of Borrego Springs. In addition to the obvious consequences of poor air quality—respiratory and other health conditions—air quality has a direct impact on the economic development of our community as a “nature destination” and as the Gateway Community to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, a World Heritage Designation contender. Recent developments in the community and region have led to a perceptible decline in air quality, making our community less competitive as a nature destination when visitors are confronted with poor air quality rivaling that of Mexico City, Beijing, and Delhi. Therefore the BVEF seeks to invest in activities and initiatives that:


  1. Develop a data-driven understanding of the community’s past and current air quality, particularly as it relates of federal, state, and regional air quality standards.

  2. Develop the capacity to determine sources of particulate air pollution in the region.

  3. Support the enforcement of federal, state and regional air quality standards.

  4. Support the development and deployment of mitigation efforts.

  5. Support the use and development of new technologies to monitor air quality, including the impacts of mitigation efforts.

  6. Support the development of new partnerships with organizations and institutions that are working to understand and improve air quality in our community and region.

  7. Provide regular and rigorous assessments of the community’s air quality.

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