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New Hope for the Salton Sea

The shrinking of the Salton Sea has been described as a “human health crisis” and an “ecological nightmare.” Its lakebed could become the largest source of particulate air pollution in North America, and its fish and migratory bird populations are crashing. However, California legislators and leaders are responding with promising programs, measures, and projects to solve the Salton Sea crisis. And, a philanthropic coalition of water funders, which includes the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, seeks to collectively provide $10 million to support projects that protect public health and the environment, and improve drought resilience. With plans in place, players must now begin to implement action on the ground. Read more about the effort in this op-ed coauthored by Allison Harvey Turner, the Foundation’s Environment Program Director.

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