18 de julio de 2019
Hispanic World

California residents battle pollution on Ormond Beach

By Ivan Mejia

By Ivan Mejia

Oxnard, California, Apr 22 (efe-epa).- Ormond Beach is a natural enclave in this Southern California city that is fighting pollution, and its conservation is a priority mission for activists who are looking for help from the area's mainly Latino farmworkers.

This 630-hectare (1,560-acre) area with beaches, sand dunes and wetlands, which besides having a large diversity of wildlife, is home to some 200,000 people, 73 percent of whom are Latinos, according to the latest US Census.

"Our people for generations have understood the importance of nature, the importance of our Mother Earth," Ocil Herrejon, community organizer of the Central Coast Alliance United for A Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), told EFE

The 25-year-old activist said she looks forward to getting advice from workers in the local countryside, mostly Mexicans who are indigenous peoples like the Nahuatl, Mixtecs, Purepechas and Zapotecs, and who work at sowing and harvesting Oxnard's crops.

On the 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) of Ormond Beach between Naval Base Ventura County and Port Hueneme, there are few people who venture into the water besides surfers.

"Because of the electric plants, toxic waste and recycling plants, people don't feel safe coming here, and they particularly don't want to risk bringing their families," Herrejon said.

In this enclave, where some 200 bird species have been counted including 25 endangered species, there are also a neglected electric plant and a metal-recycling factory, the "main sources of pollution," as Miguel Ramos, community coordinator of the Nature Conservancy, told EFE.

Ramos said that Ormond Beach has a high concentration of "metals and residual salts," the reason why the acidity and alkali content is abnormal, while toxic residues have also been found in the "subterranean aquifers," all from industrial waste.

In underground land and water, "there are concentrations of ammonia, discarded oil from machinery and solvents," among other toxins, Ramos said.

Activists and local government want "Ormond to be a clean natural area forever," as city councilor Carmen Ramirez, who also acts as deputy mayor, told EFE after acknowledging the area's impaired environmental condition.

Together with fellow councilor Vianey Lopez, they seek to speak with everyone involved to eliminate Ormond's pollutants, and in that battle they want the farmworkers to lend a hand.

"We want the Mexican farmworkers to join in the projects of restoration and conservation, because the beach is theirs as well," Ramirez said.

The plans go from laying access roads to Ormond Beach, which will help people enjoy the seaside, to educating residents and visitors to respect the natural environment on this stretch of the California coastline.

"It's important...to return this beach, these wetlands, to the natural state they were in, so that our families can come here on weekends," Herrejon said.

Her CAUSE colleague, Victor Cortez, 19, told EFE that "the farmworkers have many connections with nature since they spend practically all of their time in the countryside, and when they look at the land they feel it is alive."

Agricultural workers, she added, "feel this beach is alive, but there are many industries killing it."

Histórico de noticias
Eden Pastora: Leaders-turned-dissidents derailed Nicaraguan revolution

By Luis Felipe Palacios

US House votes to hold AG Barr, Commerce Sect. Ross in contempt

Washington, Jul 17 (efe-epa).- The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to hold Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and US Attorney General William Barr...

Bolivia's Torrez hopes she'll win Pan Am swimming medal in Lima

By Yolanda Salazar

Serra Pelada: 40 years of gold fever that devastated the Amazon jungle

By Alba Santandreu

Brazil promises to keep alive Mercosur's push that garnered EU pact

By Natalia Kidd

5 Killed in drug rehab center in western Mexico

Mexico City, Jul 17 (efe-epa).- Five men were shot and killed at a drug rehabilitation center in Morelia, capital of the western Mexican state of Michoacan,...

Guatemalan migrants return from US with complaints re treatment in shelters

By Emiliano Castro Saenz

Ecuadorian women scientists slam gender gap in their profession

By Christian A. Sanchez

Trump refuses to criticize Turkey after Ankara buys Russian missiles

Washington, Jul 16 (EFE).- President Donald Trump on Tuesday refused to criticize the Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the Pentagon blocked...

Los Angeles, Jul 16 (epa-efe).- "Game of Thrones" on Tuesday racked up a record 32 Emmy Award nominations, thus becoming the series that has received the...

Mexican nature preserve could take 200 years to recover from fire damage

By Lourdes Cruz

Paraguay taxi drivers again at war with Uber

Asuncion, Jul 16 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of taxi drivers suspended their service this Tuesday to again drive through the streets of Asuncion with a long...

Dried-up Aculeo Lagoon shows the woes of climate change in Chile

By Alberto Peña

Trump doubles down on tweets against Democratic congresswomen

By Lucia Leal.

Princess Mako thanks Bolivia for 120 years welcoming Japanese migrants

La Paz, Jul 15 (efe-epa).- Princess Mako of Japan thanked Bolivia this Monday for the welcome it has extended over the past 120 years to Japanese migrants...

Mexico rules out being safe third country for migrants despite Trump's order

Mexico City, Jul 15 (efe-epa).- Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard on Monday ruled out that his country would become a "safe third country" for...

Salvadoran woman charged with abortion says she is innocent

Ciudad Delgado, El Salvador, Jul 15 (efe-epa).- Twenty-one-year-old Salvadoran Evelyn Hernandez said Monday that she is innocent of aggravated murder for...

Billionaire Buffett's real estate unit joins forces with Spain's LARVIA

New York, Jul 15 (efe-epa).- Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the real estate unit of billionaire Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. conglomerate,...

Residents of historic Panama neighborhood fight gentrification

By Maria M.Mur.

Pressure mounts for Puerto Rico governor's resignation amid scandal

San Juan, Jul 15 (efe-epa).- Pressure is mounting in Puerto Rico for Gov. Ricardo Rossello to resign after the revelation of the contents of private online...

Trump says tariffs taking a toll on China's economy

Washington, Jul 15 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump said Monday that the tariffs imposed by his administration were taking a toll on China's economy,...

Barry weakens over Louisiana, but flooding alert remains in place

Washington, Jul 14 (efe-epa).- Tropical Storm Barry weakened to a tropical depression as it crossed the state of Louisiana on Sunday, heading...

San Juan Parangaricutiro, Mexico's Pompeii buried by Paricutin volcano

By Manuel Soberanes Cobo

Khya, a baby kangaroo being raised by humans in western Mexican city

By Mariana Gonzalez