EcoGovLab members traveled to the Salton Sea region to meet and learn from diverse environmental justice activists in the region (Mike Fortun/UCI).

“Part of what we’re doing is, we’re working to build an environmental justice archive, one that helps communities document the history of harms that they’re facing,” said Dr. Kim Fortun, a university professor of anthropology who studies environmental health risks and disaster. Fortun leads the UCI team known as EcoGovLab, whose work has focused on documenting the cumulative burden of different pollution sources on the residents of Santa Ana – be it from neighboring industrial emissions or lead contamination.

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