Fresno County residents today can begin reporting illegal dumping, pesticide drifts, vandalism, water contamination and many other hazards or nuisances just by texting, emailing or calling.
They can use the Fresno Environmental Reporting Network, which is being launched by community groups, health advocacy organizations and government agencies, which have joined in a partnership.
The network, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is designed to eliminate layers of bureaucracy that might confuse people.
Based on a successful model in Imperial County, the network uses popular technology such as online reporting and texting so eyewitness accounts of local problems can be reported quickly and accurately, 24 hours a day.
Residents will generate the first set of community reports today, highlighting environmental and health violations they see in their own communities.