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Why do we care about the Salton Sea?
Salton Sea problems are growing in severity and scale and impact on public health. After seventeen years of political paralysis and delayed projects, more concerned citizens must get involved. We need to fully understand the problems, the players, and potential solutions to a very complex web of issues and work together…now!
SaltonSea.me is designed to quickly deliver a lot of information in an easy-to-use format that facilitates more community awareness and participation in the rebuilding of the Salton Sea.
From the diverse SaltonSea.me portal, you will find content that is relevant, timely, accurate, and actionable. You will learn about the science of the crisis, get to know the players, and stay up to date on the latest project progress reports. You will find out what others are doing, so collaboration will be easy. You will understand significant milestones as they happen. Most importantly, you will learn about practical things you can do to help.
SaltonSea.me is for people who care about the Sea and want to help ensure the viability of this important resource for generations to come.
Although I was born and raised in Southern California, when I moved to the desert in 2013, I knew very little about the Salton Sea. Over the next couple of years, my new friends introduced me to both the beauty and the challenge of this immense body of water – 365 square miles — between Palm Springs and the Mexican border.
In 2016, I attended the Southern California Energy Water + Green Living Summit at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. The conference was informative; however, the participants were mostly government regulators and contractors. There were few local businessmen, concerned citizens, students or members of the faith community in attendance. The experience motivated me to create opportunities for communication and outreach to local businesses, churches, and young people in the restoration and rebuilding efforts of the Sea.
So, collaborating with Audubon California and the Love Movement, we launched “Salton Sea Sundays,” multi-church events that promote grassroots awareness of the Salton Sea issues. In 2016 and 2017, we hosted public prayer and information rallies that brought together local citizens and politicians for education and dialogue at the North Shore Yacht Club. In August 2017, I started the Salton Sea Prayer Community, and continue to send a weekly prayer and informational update via text every Sunday morning to members of the Salton Sea Prayer Community. If you would like to join, please visit https://www.facebook.com/Salton-Sea-Prayer-Community-1747435358900110/
In April, the Desert Sun hosted a community forum and presented their news series “Poisoned Cities, Deadly Border.” It became clear to me at that meeting that we can’t depend on the government to come to the rescue. Everyone has a role to play. Therefore, I designed this website to provide independent information that intentionally supports grassroots action.
Please join in these important efforts to transform the Sea by learning about the issues, getting up to date on actions already underway, and connecting with people and organizations that are making constructive change. See: Working Together.