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UPDATE: Stinky Smell Hits Southwest Riverside County

Reports stretching from Rosetta Canyon in Lake Elsinore to the French Valley are coming in from readers.


Sulfur-like odors are being reported across Southwest Riverside County and the Inland Empire Monday morning.

Reports stretching from Rosetta Canyon in Lake Elsinore to the French Valley are coming in from readers.

The odor has also been reported in the Coachella Valley, where last week the South Coast Air Quality Management District said it had deployed field inspectors in response to complaints from residents. Although a strong scent from the Salton Sea is commonly experienced in the fall and winter months, the Air Quality Management District has not yet publicly confirmed the smell is coming from that area. Today the AQMD is closed, but shortly after noon the agency released an advisory on the issue. to read what was said.

The Salton Sea’s odor this time of year can be caused by high salinity in the water, high evaporation rate, lack of sea outlet, inflow of untreated water from Mexico through the New River and algae decomposition after a “planktonic boom.”

More information about foul odors from the Salton Sea can be found at www.aqmd.gov/complain/saltonseaodor.

Caroline G. Ross September 10, 2012 at 08:00 PM
It smelled a little like natural gas to me.
Marisa September 10, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Omgawd some of the comments are really making my day!!!!! ROFL
RedHawk Mommy September 10, 2012 at 08:06 PM
I am so glad I read this! This morning I thought I was going crazy checking garbage cans, cleaning cats box, looking for the case. At least I know why now but how the heck are they going to fix it?
kristin c September 10, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Stinky in Loma Linda... yuck
Chris September 10, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Temecula momma September 10, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Yes....smelled it in French Valley this morning taking my son to School...I thought my car was leaking anti-freeze with that sulphur smell......
Sherry September 10, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Good I thought something died in my house, it smelled like sulfer mixed with raw sewage
Sam September 10, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Sherry, I'm never coming over to yours for dinner if you experiment like that.
Wildomar Resident September 10, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I'm pleased to say that, while standing out on my deck in Wildomar, I can't smell sulphur or anything like that. I think this is because the City of Wildomar only allows one smell to penetrate the area at a time and we currently have the Wildomar Parks Tax proposal.
Camilla Rodrigez September 10, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Horrible gas/trash/septic tank or all of these togethere in Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana, CA, BUT WE ARE CRAZY FAR FROM SALTON SEA! It's can not be true that smell is from there! I think we have volcanos near by activated! But nobody says nothing!
WD Tom September 10, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I am more likely to believe the smell is the precursor to a large earthquake, having lived and worked in Wyoming around the National Park where they have a great number of earthquakes the locals would always tell me when a larger than usual quake was coming because of the sulphur like odor before onr of the larger quakes.
Cynthia Champness Cuellar September 10, 2012 at 09:22 PM
We didn't smell it up in Aguanga. We just have the lovely green waste smell.
Richard W Czapliewicz September 10, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I noticed it Sunday night right after the football game when I let the dogs out. I thought a sewer line broke. Later around 10 pm I noticed more of a sulpher smell. What is it from? were in Moreno Valley right up against Lake Perris.
Scott Tucker September 10, 2012 at 10:43 PM
I smelled it last night in Murrieta, and a bit this morning. With the high winds they've had out in the desert and in the mountains (according to Cal Fire visibility was down to 20 feet) I suppose it's possible that it's from the Salton Sea's annual fish die-off.
Stephanie Elmore September 10, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Started smelling it last night around 9 pm in Beaumont. It seems like it's getting stronger. I'm really getting creeped out!!!
Brenda September 10, 2012 at 11:25 PM
***gasp*** LOL Best one by far! And I live in TemeTown.
Brenda September 10, 2012 at 11:30 PM
It seemed to come with the rains as some have said, and both my cars having went to the car wash on Saturday, got filthy and more with each drizzle. So apparently whatever it is is thick enough to be settling in the air. The presumption that it was the Salton Sea seemed off at first, but now reading about the high winds(which are notorious from there to here)I guess it is possible its blowing that smell and filling the air so much with that crud. Key words, ***I guess***, cause that still seems awful farfetched, but I believe in our hometown Jim Purpura - weathercurrents.com :)
Brenda September 11, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Hey Carrie maybe all these years of us saying "The biggun is gonna hit finally coming true or getting closer". The biggun being at or over 7.0 right Jim? I know the Whittier one in '87 (even thought had been through all of them since I was born)was the most unsettling experience EVER with an earthquake. Thank god I was the only one at home so only had to worry about me getting out. But it woke me and I seriously thought "biggest damn monster under my house I have ever seen on TV", then as I hit the floor, literally, trying to get to the front of the house, seeing out of the corner of my eye all of the glasses, booze, decorations falling out of shelves, off shelves, off walls, china cabinet, past kitchen to see the stuff literally flying out of the cubbards, not rolling out like other quakes, but flying! then to get to the front door and find it cranked up and I could not get it open. AS other windows are breaking, fireplace is falling down. There "Was" two sets of french doors on each side of the front door however and I tried one, cranked up, the other had popped out of the lock and opened right up. Out I went. There was about 3 houses in our block that had people stuck inside and the men immediately went to shutting off gases, elect. water, and getting those people out, checking for more. I grew up there, we all knew each other, and everyone just kind of knew what needed to be done. We had to as phone service immediately was cut, every EQ. 6.0 ok, 7.0 Good god.
Reverend Smith September 11, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Lake Elsinore always stinks more than usual this time of year. The water heats up, water level is at it's lowest. Aquatic plant life dies and decomposes giving off CO2 which, along with warmer water, kills lots of the fish which float to the surface where winds pile them up at the windward side of the lake. A recipe for rotten smell. With the rains, we're probably getting more of the algae enriching runoff into the lake too, which causes the algae to grow like mad, some years turning the lake pea soup green.
lynne September 11, 2012 at 12:50 AM
I told my husband there was a dead body in the neighbourhood, or a raw sewage leak, yuck! The rain we had this afternoon seems to have cleared whatever it was. Menifee.
Constant Comment September 11, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Fer cryin out loud Ken, put your socks back on! }~0
Constant Comment September 11, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Yep, someone ought to go check up on marfa......}~(
Brenda September 11, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Dead bodies of anything, racoons, rats, mice, whatever is HORRIBLE!
lkelley5 September 11, 2012 at 01:47 AM
I live in AZ, and last night I had to close my windows because of the same smell...
Brenda September 11, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Dang Anita, They bumped your post that fast.
Mrs. Julia Hoag September 11, 2012 at 03:38 AM
I live in Yucaipa, Ca and it stunk really bad here as well. I woke at 6:30 am to get my son ready for school and the stench was overwhelming. I thought my dog had pooped in the house and was going crazy when I couldnt find the evidence. Left the house at 7:30 am with my son to head to the school and damn near passed out the moment I opened the door. It smelt like something had rotted and died and the worst part was the smell followed you wherever you went. Yuck!
Reality Check September 11, 2012 at 08:54 AM
First thing I did was fire up EarthQuake 3d to try to confirm the location of recent earth quakes to the Salton Sea. I see two ARE indeed close, so off I go to DutchSince cause I Know for a fact he's been watching venting in California for awhile now.. I'm thinking, he'll have documented it in some way.. Sure enough... Go visit.. http://sincedutch.wordpress.com/
Ken Mayes September 11, 2012 at 09:23 PM
The lake has been green for months.
Brenda September 11, 2012 at 09:27 PM
All our lakes, except Mathews are green sludgy shallow messes :/ And have been for a long time. They are sad sights and you know when your pontoon boat is always hitting ground that is some shallow stuff right? And NO its not just cause I am on IT! Or ya drop that fishing line and it goes out 10 ft :/ and all ya catch are mud suckers.
FEFE November 06, 2012 at 06:03 PM
The stench still occurs. It's really bad today. So why is everyone talking like its a one time thing?


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