San Diego's Water Needs Threaten Salton Sea

Posted by Katie Marks | G+ | Nov 27, 2013

Photo: Diedre Woollard/FlickrIn San Diego, growth is leading to a steady climb in the demand for potable water. Like other cities in Southern Caifornia, a region not exactly flowing with ample water sources, San Diego is struggling to meet the requirements of citizens, industry, and more. It's come up with a new solution: collecting water from the Imperial Valley to meet the growing San Diego plumbing needs.

However, there's a problem with the plan, and it involves the mysterious Salton Sea, a saline body of water left over from a previous geological era. If the plan moves ahead as proposed, precious mitigation water wouldn't be reaching the inland sea, which would cause a slow increase in salinity and would threaten the environmental stability of the region. Conservationists and the state are working with the city in an attempt to come up with a solution that balances the desire for water in San Diego with the need to preserve the environment, but so far, they've encountered a series of stalemates. Is it possible to save the Salton Sea and San Diego at the same time?

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