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Last Edited: 9/13/2005

Environmental Health Indicator Report

An environmental health indicator is a measure of health, environmental quality, or sociodemographics which is important for monitoring the overall health of the population of California.  The California Environmental Health Indicators Report reviews current status, historical trends, and the geographic distribution of 18 indicators of environmental health for the State.  The topic areas examined include Socio-demographic factors; Air Quality; Pesticides, Water Quality; Solid Waste/Toxics; Human Health; and the California/Baja California Border Region. We hope that this report helps the reader assess the current environmental health conditions of California; observe trends in conditions that help forecast the future; identify areas requiring attention and research; and understand data that are available and their limitations.  We also hope that this report starts a discussion among Californians about what we value and what our goals should be.