#ColoradoRiver: An irrigation works blowout created the #SaltonSea, folks are searching projects that will mitigate current problems

Screen shot of drone video June 11, 2016. Credit Palm Springs Desert Sun.

Here’s a deep dive into the current state of the Salton Sea from Ian James and Sammy Roth writing for the Las Vegas Desert Sun. Click through to view the drone tour of the shoreline, the cool graphics, and to read the whole thing. Here’s an excerpt:

The Salton Sea has been shrinking for years, and fish and birds have been dying. The dry lakebed already spews toxic dust into the air, threatening a region with hundreds of thousands of people. And the crisis is about to get much worse.

The water flowing into the Salton Sea will be cut dramatically at the end of this year, causing the lake to shrink faster than ever and sending more dust blowing through low-income, largely Latino farming communities.

The Salton Sea covers 350 square miles in the desert southeast of Palm Springs. For more than a century, the lake has been sustained by water from the Colorado River.

Southern Pacific passenger train crosses to Salton Sea, August 1906. Photo via USBR.

But under a farm-to-city water transfer deal, more river water has been flowing to cities in San Diego County and the Coachella Valley — and less water has been flowing into the Salton Sea.

In 2003, California lawmakers promised to restore the lake. So far, state officials have done hardly anything, even as the Salton Sea has shrunk.

The Salton Sea has become an important stop on the Pacific Flyway, as birds and insects are opportunists.

Credit Wikimedia.com.

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