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Pearl Kan

2013, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Pearl Kan

Pearl Kan

Name of Host Organization: California Rural Legal Assistance
City, State: Salinas, California
Issue area: Environmental Justice
Sponsors: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The Project

Pearl is creating community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and legal advocacy in California’s Salinas Valley to ensure that all rural communities have access to safe drinking water.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Nitrate contamination of drinking water aquifers is a significant and growing problem in the Salinas Valley. Approximately one-third of tested domestic and irrigation wells in the Salinas Valley registered above the nitrate maximum contaminant level set by the California Department of Health. Small, rural, and unincorporated communities within the Salinas Valley are particularly at risk of drinking water contamination, and some of these communities are among the poorest in the state. This project aims to provide rural communities with access to safe drinking water to mitigate their exposure to health risks and economic harm.