Environmental Justice (EJ), Tribal Affairs and Border Issues

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On May 11, 2018, Martha SŠnchez, Environmental Justice Liaison with the Department of Pesticide Regulation, was invited by the California for Pesticide Reform (CPR) to do a tour in Monterey County with members of the Coalition Safe Ag/Safe Schools (SASS). The tour took place in Bardin & Ohlone Elementary School and Gavilan View Middle School. The focus of the tour was to hear teachers and SASS coalition memberís pesticide safety and health concerns affecting school children and their families. Plus SASS, and in particular teacher Melissa Dennis gave Martha the opportunity to speak with her students at Ohlone Elementary Schools in Pajaro. Photos courtesy of Lucia Calderon.

Treating people fairly guides how DPR conducts its activities. Fair treatment means that no one group of people, including racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic groups, should be disproportionately impacted by pesticides. Anyone whose health or environment may be affected by pesticides holds a stake in DPR's decisions. We want to ensure that all have an opportunity to participate in the regulatory process.

DPR partnered with the Central California Environmental Justice Network (CCEJN) to conduct three Environmental Justice DPR Pesticide Enforcement Workshops. The two-day workshops took place in Fresno (October 2016), Kern (October 2017), and Santa Maria (December 2017) counties. This year, the San Joaquin (June) and the Riverside (TBD) County Agricultural Commissionersí will conduct the 2018 Environmental Justice Workshops. The purpose of the workshops is to strengthen partnerships with community leaders and advocacy groups by providing attendees a working knowledge of DPRís and the CACís pesticide use enforcement, reporting and worker safety. All presentations are conducted by experts in the field.

Video: Environmental Justice Pesticide Enforcement Workshop, Fresno

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CalEPA Environmental Justice Program Update: 2013-2015 cover.

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Martha Sánchez, DPR Environmental Justice Liaison
1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA 95812-4015
Phone: (916) 323-2677
E-mail: Martha.Sanchez@cdpr.ca.gov