Jump to main content or area navigation.

Contact EPA Pacific Southwest

Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, 148 Tribes


Torres Martinez Solid Waste Collaborative

Torres Martinez Solid Waste Collaborative
Public Event transpired on
February 7, 2008

Title scene from Contaminated ValleyAt the meeting, Desert Mirage High School students received Environmental Leadership awards for their video “The Contaminated Valley”. More information »

Map of Torres Martinez Area

View Larger Map (get directions)

The Torres Martinez Indian Reservation is located in the agriculturally rich Coachella Valley.

The mission of the Torres Martinez Solid Waste Collaborative (the Collaborative) is to clean up and prevent illegal dumping on the Torres Martinez Reservation in Thermal, California. The Collaborative is comprised of 25 federal, state, and local agencies, the Torres Martinez Tribal Government and non-profit organizations in the area. Complete list of members »

Since its inception in April 2006, the Collaborative has closed all major dumps and successfully prevented the creation of new dumps on the reservation. Dump fires have been virtually eliminated. The Collaborative has also cleaned over 20 of the 27 original dumps and put access controls in place to prevent future dumping. The Collaborative has initiated targeted Brownfields assessments to facilitate productive reuse of former dump sites. More on cleanup successes »

Related Information

collaborative logo

Torres Martinez Collaborative Web site (work in progress)  Exiting EPA (disclaimer)

Region 9 Tribal Program

Tribal Solid Waste

Contact Information

Willard Chin (chin.willard@epa.gov)
(415) 972-3797

Pacific Southwest NewsroomPacific Southwest Programs Grants & FundingUS-Mexico Border Media Center Careers About EPA Region 9 (Pacific Southwest)A-Z Index

Jump to main content.