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Salton Sea Restoration

The Salton Sea is California's largest lake, and it is drying rapidly. Thousands of acres of emissive beach, or "playa", laden with farm runoff, is becoming exposed to desert winds, spurring a public health disaster. Efforts to restore the salton sea are increasing and underway but are far behind in time. The California Natural Resources agency is driving a 10-Year Plan for restoration but more support is needed, and fast. Some wetland projects and mitigation efforts are ramping up, but in order to prevent a dust bowl, and to promote life, we support importing water downhill from the ocean to sustain the Salton Sea shoreline.

We're working to support long-term sustainability and restoration of the Salton Sea communities, habitat and region.

Together, we can heal the region. We need your help. 


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Surface elevation: −236 ft (−71.9 m)

Surface area: 343.2 mi² (888.9 km²), California's largest lake by surface area

Maximum depth: 43 ft (13 m)

Water body type: Endorheic rift lake

Primary inflows are the Alamo, New, and Whitewater river

Administrative entities: Imperial and Riverside counties

Fish species: Desert Pupfish (Cyprinodon macularis), Mozambique Tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus)

Köppen climate classification: Hot desert climate (BWh)




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