Windblown Dust Guidance

Formation of Dustbusters

During the prolonged California drought from 1985 to 1992, the metropolitan area of Lancaster and Palmdale and the unincorporated area of Antelope Acres were inundated with wind-blown fugitive dust emitted from disturbed upwind areas of the western Antelope Valley.  As the soil continued to dry and weedy annual vegetation diminished, the blowing dust worsened each year with one of the worst episodes occurring in 1991, producing a 24-hour recorded PM10 concentration of 780 µg/m3 in downtown Lancaster. In response to the increasing severity of wind-blown dust and persistent particulate air quality violations, a locally based multi-agency working group, the Dustbusters Taskforce, was organized and convened to formulate dust mitigation strategies. The Taskforce consists of local farmers, representatives from academia, private consulting companies and research institutes, the California Air Resources Board, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the Mojave Desert AQMD, the Antelope Valley AQMD, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Antelope Valley Resource Conservation District, the City of Los Angeles Department of World Airports, the University of California cooperative extension farm advisor, the Antelope Valley Resource Conservation District, the Desert Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council, Honda, and the Southern California Edison Company.


Dustbusters Guidance Documents

Large Area Land
Managers Guidance