Save the Salton Sea

As Salton Sea faces ecological collapse, a plan to save it with ocean water is rejected in one of the biggest legal battles of our time: The Save the Salton Sea Alliance has been fighting for years to have the government give the Salton Sea a special designation for sustainable use. It was once one of the most beautiful rivers in the world, before it was polluted by the mining, ranching, and ranching-industry developments around the river. Now, the Salton Sea is home to toxic algae blooms, an unprecedented increase in toxic algae blooms that are killing sea lions in the Sea World park, and dead fish that are still trapped in the river as if they were trapped in amber. This is no way to start the new millennium.

The Salton Sea, once known as a magical place, now faces a very grim future — a future defined by the state of the planet and our ability to take action. It’s a paradoxical situation but the end result of the state of the environment is a very clear and present danger to public health and safety. We can choose to save this river in one fell swoop or we can choose to save it piece by piece. Some say it’s a matter of when, not if, but when it starts.

The Save the Salton Sea Alliance continues to fight, as do many other organizations, to force the government to step up and save the Salton Sea, and it is still one of the few places in the world that is on the verge of ecological collapse. The world needs to know how serious our government is about protecting our health and our environment, and how it can act on urgent public health, human safety and environmental issues, like the Salton Sea, by making a change. The Save the Salton Sea Alliance will continue to fight until it is the new normal — a place where all life can exist in peace and sustainability.

The last time the Salton Sea was recognized by the UN and the U.S. government as an internationally significant water body, in a World Heritage Listing, in June 2003, the area was threatened by two massive dams, just a few miles from the Salton

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