For decades, Imperial County has been a dumping ground. Home to one of three hazardous dumps in the state, we absorb toxic, dangerous waste from our metropolitan neighbors. One of the few remaining wetland habitats in California, our Salton Sea, is today polluted by decades of agricultural runoff filled with dangerous chemicals that create clouds of toxic pollution. -Written by Luis Olmedo, executive director of Comite Civico del Valle, a community-based organization focused on civic engagement and health-based initiatives. Olmedo also leads the Lithium Valley Community Coalition and serves on the state’s Lithium Valley Commission.