Stinky Scent Wafts into Valley
Photo: Video by kmir6.com
CREATED Jul. 4, 2013
Now to that horrible stench that just permeated some parts of the valley Thursday morning.
It was especially bad in the east valley, and a KMIR6 viewer in La Quinta wrote us about it, "Have to report the smell up in the La Quinta Cove. I have never experienced the Salton Sea odor as it is today. Can't go outside without gagging. Who do I write to?"
If you want to report the odor the next time around, you can reach out to the South Coast Air Quality Management District -- they track complaints.
Many people we spoke with got a whiff of the rotten egg smell, and some think they know the culprit of the early morning odor.
"Kinda funky, little strange," said Indio resident, Heather Partida.
That's one way to describe the odor, here's another.
"My kids opened up the back door to go out to the pool, and they described it as eww, but I think it was a sulfur smell or rotten egg type of a smell," said Jerome Lienhard, visiting from Atlanta.
Resident's think they know the culprit.
"I thought it was the Salton Sea coming in, that's what I thought it what it was, it's been in the valley here for the last couple three days I've smelled it," said La Quinta resident, Jack Swiers.
Last September the Air Quality Management District said a rotten egg smell came from an algae bloom in the Salton Sea that caused a massive fish kill.
"There's different smells that place gives off, sometimes is more noticeable that it's the Salton Sea than a farm-like smell," said Partida.
We called the South Coast Air Quality Management District to see if they'd received many complaints and if they knew where the odor was coming from.
They didn't call back, most likely because it's a holiday."
We drove out to the Salton Sea, and found dead fish washing up to shore.
"It smelled like somebody dumped about 4,000 dead fish out on the lawn," said long-time North Shore resident, Sherry Garbutt.
"It stays in the house, it'll be in the house when I get home tonight, I'll open the door and go oh great, and you can open a window, it's in your air circulation, in your pads and everything, it takes a few days to get out," said Garbutt.
Some valley residents want to see change for the sea.
"I'd like to see it taken care of but I'm very well aware of the problems that we have with the Salton Sea, and I'm not sure where to start, how to tackle it or really what we can, perhaps if it's continued to be brought to the public's attention, something will happen," said La Quinta resident, Barry Chooljian.
Local elected leaders are trying to save the sea through legislation.
Meantime whether from the sea or not, the odor across the valley faded by early afternoon.
"Luckily it's not here now, so we'll have a great Fourth of July," said Lienhard.
We can't say for sure the Salton Sea was the culprit for the smelly morning.
Last September, a similar smell did come from the Salton Sea and winds pushed the stench all the way to Los Angeles.