Abandoned pier on the Salton Sea, California. (Photo: Hank Shiffman/shutterstock.com)
In the Imperial Valley of California’s southeastern desert is an unexpected, almost oasis-like sight: a vast saline body of water called the Salton Sea, covering an area of around 350 square miles. On a closer look, though, its long-term neglect is obvious. The area, once called the “California Riviera”, was once awash in pastel boating outfits and jet skis; now it’s littered with broken trailers and run-down yacht clubs.
California's promise to pay to clean up the Imperial Valley's Salton Sea, once called "an environmental Chernobyl," still faces a legal challenge. If the pledge is invalidated, the state's biggest water sale could also be nullified.
California's Salton Sea was once a sparkling desert oasis, attracting vacationers in mobile homes and RVs. The people have gone but their trailers remain.
To the editor: Unless we are willing to accept toxic dust storms from Los Vegas to Laguna and a dead zone in the Imperial Valley where food is now grown, we must do something about the Salton Sea, and do it soon. (“Hope is drying up...
California desert oasis the Salton Sea might dry up for good sometime soon. The bad news? That could pose some serious health and environmental risks for the wildlife and nearby residents. A 2003 decision by California’s Supreme Cou...