Pollution causes many forms of illness. Before you begin your own detection of threats, you may want to visit some of the websites listed on the left side of this page, which allow you to dig into many zip code driven data bases. Once you have a good overview of what is already known, you can craft your own efforts to build on that knowledge base.
There are many different types of pollution, each needing a different kind of test. You can start by looking at all types of pollution. Or you can start with the “clue” you have (dead fish, high school absentee rates, lots of neighbors with the same health problem, etc.) that suggests something might be going on, which is a lot quicker. If you take the kind of problem you are worried about, google it, and then identify the likely kind of pollution you need to look at, you can better determine the kinds of tools and investigation you need. For example, if you are worried about “asthma in schools” or “rising rates of illness related absence in schools,” you could google “detecting school pollution,” or “asthma in schools” Your search will turn up dozens of pages of leads.
Once you have a thought about what to look for, you are ready to take the next step.
On this website, under the tab “Get the latest pollution detection tools“, you will find a growing list of tools you can use to perform your Pollution Detection.
We are in the midst of assembling all of the various pollution detection tools and methods for this website so your search will be easier. We will also be producing videos on how to do the testing, and how to report your results, as well as information about how to publicize threats to the public that you uncover.
If you want to help with this effort, or have things to teach us, please click on “Become a pollution detective” in the top menu, and fill out the “contact us” form.