Land Park Dust Bowl

Land Park Dust Bowl

The Land Park Dust Bowl is just weeks away. Held last year on June 23, 2021 at 8:00 am this year promises to be an even hotter event. Be sure to bring your binoculars, and a mask.

There’ll be prizes for identifying and tracking the furthest distance of travel of particulate matter in each air pollutant size class, as well as highest (visible) particulate matter count held the longest in suspension, or held aloft for the longest recorded time.

But seriously… watch this short vid.

Land Park Dust Bowl

At just over one minute, this short video starts off with about 50 seconds of the machine driven June Dust Bowl event of 2021, and the remaining approximately 20 seconds is a photo ensemble of the way it was done with one broom and a shovel one month later to the day.

The story begins on July 5, 2021 when word spread that Parks was going to bring the storm blower to do the culdesac by Holy Spirit School the next morning on July 6, 2021. 

A new broom was purchased. And in just…

2 hours the evening of July 5th, and 2 hours next morning… the entire culdesac was clean, and done (before even the cones were placed to block parking along the curb). The steps, and most piles were hauled away. 

Remaining piles by the intersection at 15th, were then hauled away (again) by hand garden cart and trash cans next morning in one hour – to the pickup container dumpster. The dust created rarely exceeded 8 feet, and was mostly much less.

Ever wonder where it lands? How far does it travel? What if there is no wind? The City of Trees, has become a landscape of noise and dust storms of airborne pollutants.

It’s probably just dirt and dust, road film, disc brake wear emissions (particles), dried petroleum residue, microscopic fragments of tire wear, pollen, and the pulverized litter fall from mixed species of plants, some likely to contain various levels of decaying residues of glyphosate (or AMPA) from soil erosion and curbside runoff of herbicide overspray.

I think of the respiratory tracks of adults and kids, pets, avian lungs, and impacts to squirrels, bees and butterflies too!

Tom DiFiore


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