Some places impact us and remain in our thoughts long after we first experience them. The vast and hauntingly beautiful Salton Sea has impacted and stayed with me since the first time I saw it in the mid 2000’s. Receding water levels, bird and fish mass die offs, and increasing dust made it clear to me that this, the largest lake in California, was in serious trouble.
At one time, particularly in the 1950’s, the Salton Sea was billed as the “Salton Rivera” and hosted a robust tourist trade. The Sea was filled with boats and its sandy shores with people enjoying this massive lake in the center of the Southern California desert.