What is the Salton Sea?

The Salton Sea, California’s largest lake, is located at over 200 feet below sea level and has filled and dried up many times in Earth’s history. The present existence of the Salton Sea began in 1905 when the Colorado River flooded into the Salton Sink, and it has been maintained by agricultural drainage ever since. However, in 2017 the evaporation rate of the desert Sea will begin to greatly exceed the inflows due to water re-allocations. The resultant shrinking shoreline will threaten the ecological and economic resources that the Salton Sea currently provides, and cause massive public health damages. Solving this impending crisis requires collaboration and compromise amongst the many diverse stakeholders.

What is Salton Sea Sense?

This blog aims to promote thoughtful conversations that lead to an improved understanding of the ecological, economical, and cultural value of the Salton Sea. We aim to elevate the Salton Sea, and the issues surrounding it, in the minds of community members, policymakers, and industry leaders, while providing a resource for informed decisiion-making regarding the future of the Sea and its effects in Southern California and beyond.

Contributors include University of California, Riverside doctoral students who are a part of the National Science Foundation WaterSENSE IGERT program.