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Salton Sea - Wake-Up Call


Last updated 2/6/2016 at 8:40am

During a conference at the UC Riverside, planners working on the preservation of the Salton Sea, announced they envision a smaller version surviving indefinitely.

Action is required urgently, as 2017 will see nearly a third of the water flowing to the Salton Sea bypassing the region and transferred to San Diego, which will accelerate the shrinkage of the lake.

Some of the costs for the Salton Sea's maintenance could be recovered by economic development, including geothermal, the harvest of algae, or something else, officials said.

“It’s not popular with residents in the area (of the Salton Sea), but it won’t be brought back to the way it was in the 1950s, 1960s and even the 1970s,” said Bruce Wilcox, who Gov. Jerry Brown appointed in May as secretary for Salton Sea Policy at the California Department of Natural Resources.

In winning battles to secure more state funding, officials vowed to expand the footprint of people who become involved in Salton Sea advocacy.

Panelist Valerie E. Simon, Salton Sea program manager for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region, said in an interview, “We have never gone out with Spanish speaking interpreters to reach the farm families with children and tell them about the health risks associated with no plan of action on the Salton Sea".

That will change this year, she said.

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