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Aerial view shows environmental
disaster at the Salton Sea

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Posted By: StormCnter, 10/17/2019 7:42:18 AM

The Salton Sea is 35 miles long and 15 miles wide. Tuesday morning, News Channel 3's Madison Weil got a bird's eye view of the environmental disaster in the making at the Salton Sea. Will Worthington, a volunteer pilot for Lighthawk, a company that works with a conservation group educating people on the changing landscape of the sea. "To go up in the air and share with other people that view. It's a very unique view from above," Worthington said.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Bur Oak 10/17/2019 7:51:47 AM (No. 209631)
The Salton Sea was created when a canal broke and flooded the area. The area now is returning to what it was. Hardly a disaster.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino 10/17/2019 8:10:16 AM (No. 209650)
None of this matters - - because we're all going to die in 11 years. Party on!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rumblehog 10/17/2019 8:14:33 AM (No. 209653)
#1 is spot on. They're using this as another lever for the climate change hoax. If the Colorado River dries up the people who use it (Arizona) won't be worried about that 'Dead Sea' in another State as much as where their next drink of water will come from/
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Reply 4 - Posted by: LesUNo 10/17/2019 8:16:11 AM (No. 209656)
Do a flyover of the Great Lakes where beaches are eroding, boat houses are threatened and docks are under water. The water level is at a record high.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Newtsche 10/17/2019 8:17:18 AM (No. 209659)
Yep, a disaster for greedy and stupid developers many decades back, not to mention those bought property there.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: EliotRosewater49 10/17/2019 8:18:44 AM (No. 209660)
The Salton Sea has a long history of decline and rebound regarding sea level. Apparently, just like with global temperatures, the sea has a perfect sea level that just must be maintained.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Clinger 10/17/2019 8:22:53 AM (No. 209668)
Trumps fault. Well I guess I should retire the Stars and Stripes folded properly of course and hoist the hammer and sickle because surely the Salton Sea is worth another few hundred million human deaths.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: NorthernDog 10/17/2019 8:25:06 AM (No. 209672)
The lake sits right on the San Andreas fault. Some day it will be jolted out of existence.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: seamusm 10/17/2019 8:25:48 AM (No. 209675)
The Salton Sea as pointed out was a dry basin until man intervened in an accident in 1905 and it filled. It is simply returning to its 500 year old state. But the Salton Sea is only a local problem for which there is no possibility of a fix. More importantly, it is a part of the Colorado River drainage which has been for the most part completely diverted with dams along its way for people and agriculture. These dams were built on the belief that water would be available forever not recognizing that the abundant rainfall of the last century was historically unusual. Lakes Mead and Powell - testaments to our hubris - are headed towards emptiness and like the Rio Grande and the Gulf of Mexico, the Colorado River now barely reaches the Gulf of California.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Highlander 10/17/2019 8:40:10 AM (No. 209699)
Having lived here in the Coachella Valley mostly since born in ‘46, I have never liked going to that dead body of water. There is no natural entry and exit flow to keep the water fresh. It is actually nothing more than a giant puddle since the accidental flow in 1905. It never should have existed.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Strike3 10/17/2019 9:10:03 AM (No. 209736)
People cutting canals to drain that huge lake east of Los Angeles was okay though. People needed the water on the coast and drained the entire lake. What kind of disaster do you call that?
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Reply 12 - Posted by: DVC 10/17/2019 9:29:38 AM (No. 209768)
An old accidental spill of water is FINALLY drying up. Nature reclaiming what was hers. I visited the eastern shore last fall for a while. Quite a mess. Not much of a reason to go there any more, so the former tourist and fishing places are failed or failing and it has a post apocalyptic feel to it, for sure.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Chuzzles 10/17/2019 9:30:54 AM (No. 209770)
I suspect there is also some underground volcanic activity going on there as well. It isn't like we can control that kind of stuff. That area has been a hotbed of small quakes for over a year now since I started watching it. Would not surprise me at all if it is the same kind of underground super volcano like the one in Yellowstone.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: BarryNo 10/17/2019 9:36:15 AM (No. 209781)
Maybe California should skip the high speed rail and invest in desalinization plants, and new reservoirs? The 'drought' is man-made, largely because the liberals stopped improving their infrastructure decades ago for 'environmental' reasons. But, I suppose that is too easy a solution for Liberals and other Gaia worshippers, who really have no idea how nature works.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: simpleman 10/17/2019 11:01:40 AM (No. 209897)
#9 & #10 give accurate assessments. Those old melon farmers created the "new river". The whole history of the development of the Imperial Valley is a case study in riparian rights and disastrous California politics. Yes, it was a mistake and yes, even at its peak its was always just a step above a toilet bowl, but the fact is it does exist and the real tragedy is the idiocy of California political leadership (oxymoron). This "lake mistake" actually had a shot at continued viability due to Sonny Bono. Sonny was a great legislator and Trump would have admired his horse-trading skills. He had the deal penned with southern riverside county just before his date with that tree and the creation of the "bono bucket" for skiers. When Sonny died, the Salton Sea died as well.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: DVC 10/17/2019 11:04:58 AM (No. 209900)
A big mud puddle is drying up. Man caused problem, nature is reverting to what it was before.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: earlybird 10/17/2019 11:19:53 AM (No. 209921)
I was thinking the same thing as #1. Nature happens. But these people now have an excuse to get together for a “summit”. (For the writer: Unique means the only one of its kind. There is no such thing as “very unique”…)
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Reply 18 - Posted by: galbaccr 10/17/2019 11:49:23 AM (No. 209947)
As far as I know, the Salton Sea is the only place in the USA where one can fly below sea level. I did that in the 1960's as a co-pilot on a C-141. I don't recall all the details, but we were doing a low-level route to a practice drop (don't remember where - but maybe El Torro?). The route was partly over the Salton Sea & we dropped down below "official" sea level for a few minutes. I think we were about 50' below sea level for a short time - but my memory could be faulty about the details.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: SavageRider 10/17/2019 11:56:22 AM (No. 209956)
Get the details of the headline in the first two sentences or you are just writing a clickbait blog. Nothing against the OP, but I despise journalganda.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: thewarden 10/17/2019 12:16:18 PM (No. 209965)
My husband’s 2 brothers own adjoining plots there. It is dusty, dirty and a great place to hang out, camp, fly drones and RC planes, ride 3 wheelers, shoot fireworks and target practice. My husband and son drive out a couple times a year to have desert fun with his brothers. People actually live around the ‘lake’. This is not a’s just reverting to its natural state. It’s been happening for decades. Good grief.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Daisy Mae 10/17/2019 4:53:53 PM (No. 210206)
The reporter said that 500 years ago the area was under water. Not so, the Salton Sea was created when a levy broke in 1905 creating the sea. It is not a disaster that an area that was a dry salt flat, becomes a dry salt flat once again. FAKE NEWS.
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