July 13, 2024
Salton Sea belches up dose of hydrogen sulfide
COACHELLA – (INT) – Fourth of July won’t smell so good in the Lower Coachella Valley.

The summer heat has cooked up a stench emanating from the Salton Sea.

The Air Quality Management District has extended a hydrogen sulfide advisory through Monday.

It’s the result of natural processes occurring within California’s largest lake. When temperature and wind directions are right, the odor of rotten eggs drifts northward. If southeasterly winds continue, more areas in the Coachella Valley may be affected.

Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has peaked at 33 parts per billion which is above the state standard.

The AQMD maintains monitoring stations at the north end of the Salton Sea and in the Community of Mecca.
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