A Green Neighborhood Watch Targets Polluters in Low-Income Communities

Posted by Mike Confino, August 14, 2015

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A high-tech program that lets residents of low-income communities in California upload photos, videos, and other information catching polluters in the act should be expanded across the state, according to a new report.

IVAN (Identifying Violations Affecting Neighborhoods) is an environmental neighborhood watch program bringing together local, state, and federal authorities with environmental justice advocates to respond to reports made on the program’s website about leaking oil pipes, water contamination from cattle feedlots, and other pollution. The site also allows residents to view maps showing the location of alleged violations of environmental laws as reported by their neighbors. That also helps government agencies target areas for enforcement.

 

Read more: http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/07/20/environmental-neighborhood-watch-targets-polluters-low-income-communities