Dust Mitigation Program, Owens Valley, CA. 2017.  The now-dry Owens Lake in the Eastern Sierra was drained when the LA aqueduct was built in 1913 to divert almost all of the valley's water hundreds of miles to the city of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power accomplished this by purchasing extensive land and water rights in the valley, in spite of the protests by farmers and landowners. The dry lakebed created a toxic problem - carcinogenic dust. After litigation in the 1970's, LADWP was forced to mitigate the dust problem, and the permanent sprinkler system was born. The effort is part of the Dust Mitigation Program. 
       
     
  Grand Staircase Escalante, Utah. 2016   President Bill Clinton designated this 1,880,461 acre area a national monument in 1996. Trump has promised to review the standing of national monuments that are at least 100,000 acres in size. Turning control of the land back over to the states would mean the states could sell the land off for development or resource extraction. Monument designation stopped a mining company from extracting an estimated 62 billion tons of coal from this area. 
       
     
 Authentic trees have become synonymous with the idea of a quintessential holiday. However, as a commodity that consumers have very little connection to the production and life cycle of, holiday trees stand as an symbol of modern consumerism. Most trees grow for seven to ten years before they are sent to market, and once it has played its part in the tradition, the tree loses its symbolic value and is discarded. By focusing on the repetition of this motif, this series seeks to assemble a greater picture of mass consumption.       View this gallery as a grid
       
     
 "Facility design takes into account caregiver-animal safety and ease of maintaining a positive relationship."   Standards For Rhinoceros, Hippopotamus and Tapir Sanctuaries.  2013. Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries
       
     
 Close-up of nurdles from Sodus Beach, NY. 2016.  They are how every plastic product begins it's life. Pre-production plastic beads. Their technical name? Nurdles. They are produced in the trillions every year, and shipped all over the world in shipping containers. At all stages of the process of transport, nurdles are lost and find their way into bodies of water, where they will live for hundreds or thousand years. Not many people know it, but nurdles are a problem in the Great Lakes. The rivers that connect the lakes carry them from factories, harbors, and railroads and into the lakes.