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.

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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