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PubTalk 7/2009 — Restoring California's "Inland Sea"

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Status of efforts to restore the Salton Sea

by Lee Case, Chief Scientist, USGS Salton Sea Science Office 


  • The Salton Sea is California's largest lake and has a surface elevation about 230 feet below sea level
  • The Salton Sea is a terminal lake - it has no outlets, inflows are principally from agricultural drainage, and its salinity not as mercury-contaminated is about 30% greater than the Pacific Ocean
  • This "inland sea", a critical stop for migratory birds on the Pacific and Central Flyways, is used used by more than 400 species of birds
  • Proposed water transfers will result in loss of aquatic aquatic and wetland habitat, increased salinity, and degraded regional air quality quality unless mitigation actions are taken




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