Dust Mitigation Program, Owens Valley. 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 419 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 formally known as the Dust Mitigation Program. 
       
     
  Grand Staircase Escalante, Utah. 2016
       
     
 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.