For various reasons, Lake Salton is stagnant: water transfer from rural to urban areas and commercialization, drought, and artificial pollution. We have a lack of water in the area and bad air. As a result of urban sprawl, some of the colors of the Colorado River that once flowed into the Salton Sea are now being sold to the Coachella Valley Water District, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The Salton Sea dries up quickly as temperatures rise and water flows around it. If we reduce the situation, this will require a reduction in water use and an increase in water costs.
As the Salton Sea dries up, air pollution rises as more dust rises and emits a foul-smelling hydrogen sulfide gas. Waste and chemicals from the Imperial Valley, as well as the population of Mexicali, are a staggering burden of outdated infrastructure. Untreated wastewater plants allow raw waste and industrial chemicals to escape Alamo and New Rivers. These so-called rivers attract more pollutants into the Salton Sea. At the bottom of the dwindling lake are other pollutants: World War II weapons, tons of pesticides, fertilizers, and living organisms, which, when released into the air, emit carbon dioxide and methane.
Owens Lake in Northern California became a catastrophic dustbin when Los Angeles built a 200-mile [200 km] canal and completely absorbed the lake. This barren area in northern California is miles away. It has many dust-proof operations such as canals, floor coverings with stones, and planting and spraying systems that cost $ 2.5 billion to install. There are millions more in maintenance costs each year.
Officials in the Salton Sea follow the Owens Lake route. Their continued practice of digging ditches and shallow ponds to control dust as the proliferation of exposed ponds is questionable. Not only do these methods not work, but they also cause the release of greenhouse gases! Salton Lake is three times larger than Owens Lake, so following that path could cost an estimated $ 7.5 billion.
Politicians and country officials who like to use the “add-on” approach in conjunction with dry measures and water treatment have succeeded in a series of catastrophic killings of fish and other wildlife. We are heading for the worst possible conditions for humans. Importing seawater can quickly cure respiratory infections, reverse drought effects, and prevent pollution. But high costs are a significant issue in terms of water imports. In my opinion, those costs are worth it. Yes, it will cost money to be a society that respects and cares for our air, water, and soil.