Salton Sea – Follow-up Post

For any readers who are not familiar with this region of California:

Why must it be saved?

  • The Salton Sea became a permanent lake after 1905, but a lake did exist at times in the area before humans began to control the flow of the Colorado River.
  • Because of the reduction of wetlands due to housing development, the Salton Sea is a key stopover for bird migration along the Pacific Flyway.
  • In 2018, an agreement between the Imperial Irrigation District and the U.S. Department of the Interior to send water into the Salton Sea will end. This will accelerate the decline of the Salton Sea. If the sea is allowed to dry up, 100 years buildup of dust on the lakebed will be exposed to the wind and cause toxic dust storms that will impact the health of everyone who lives in the region, as far away as Los Angeles. These dust storms would also affect the agricultural areas of Coachella and Imperial Valleys.

What is being done?

Where to learn more:

 

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