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Mass Migration Missing From Salton Sea


Last updated 8/31/2016 at 10:41am

Blake Shaw

Despite the steps being taken to raise awareness and pull in ideas and funding, the rising salinity and an increase in detritus accumulating from farm runoff, sees the plight of wildlife ill equipped to wait for human intervention.

Scientists are observing an increase in birds washing up dead on the shores, starved to death through the lack of young fish available. Full grown tilapia are dying off, a species that up until recently, flourished in the salt water but are now finding the environment increasingly inhospitable.

Various species of birds, usually common to the area have chosen not to add the body of water to their migratory path. With the lack of inland water available in the county and lack of food at the Sea, bird numbers will diminish rapidly. Pelicans and herons, usually photographed in large numbers could go the way of the tourists and be the next piece of history in the Salton Sea's once glorious past.

Assembly member Eduardo Garcia chair of the Select Committee on Renewable Energy Development and Restoration of the Salton Sea will be convening a hearing at the state Capitol on the Salton Sea.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 3:00 pm in the California State Capitol in Room 127

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