Keep the sea safe

There are 5 comments on the story from Jan 16, 2009, titled Keep the sea safe. In it, reports that:

Wow. I thought the past plans for the restoration of the Salton Sea were crazy, but your group has really gone all out.I own 1521/2 acres of the land by the sea, including five blocks of beachfront that extends one mile into the water.

I have lived here for 15 years. This part of California could be the most beautiful and popular spot in the southern desert. It seems to me, the people who are coming up with these plans are not seeing the potential that exists here.

This is a wonderful, relaxing place, full of nature. In my opinion, the Salton Sea Authority's plan of cutting the sea in half is much better than the Mike Chrisman plan of almost total destruction.

I ask myself how anyone who lives here would even consider endorsing such a plan. You are talking about spending $9 billion and years of construction to virtually destroy our beloved sea. Could that money be better spent building desalination plants that would keep the sea intact, and in turn create jobs?

Think people; $9 billion and then some? Don't destroy the sea.

Leo Borunda


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Midlothian, IL

#1 Feb 2, 2009
I agree :)
Save the Sea please
Long Time Resident

United States

#2 Feb 2, 2009
I absolutely agree --
A body of water in the middle of the desert?!
No brainer -- Palm Springs with a lake -- Los Angeles without the traffic (at the beginning stages) and Courdeline, Idaho without the snow!
What more could you ask for.
California does not want to spend the money, but California does not realize that spending the money now will give back ten-fold in the very immediate years to come.
If the Salton Sea were restored through desalination techniques, it would bring a tremendous amount of money into the state -- which is greatly needed at this time.
Our government cannot even decide on a budget in a timely manner -- how can we expect them to save the Salton Sea (a money maker in disguise)!!!!!!!!
saltyc1 resident

United States

#3 Feb 5, 2009
Projects at the North and South end of the sea will be the final effort to save Salton Sea.
What will be dried up is a 38 by 17 mile area deprived of any water after 2017.A middle sea. Our gift is a gigantic barren desert. Our micro climate will change and dust will be entrained into the air and disperse throughout a large area of the South West.Google Aral Sea for a demonstration.
The SSA is still in the fight to save the sea for the right reasons. get behind them and support them.
The killer is 9 billion in the future to do their project.The good project.
Below our border with Mexico, the effort, ongoing at this time, is reestablishing the historical habitat that was there before dams on the Colorado River and the "mistake" they say was the Salton Sea.Up dates on this info is at the Chamber, Saturdays 10 till 2pm.
Take heed.
Long Time Resident

United States

#4 Feb 7, 2009
No -- taking the long-standing inflow to the Salton Sea is the culprit. San Diego should be the entity utilizing desalinaztion decniques!
San Diego is the one right next to the ocean (they don't need to take the fresh water from the Colorado River) they certainly don't need any more golf courses, and they most certainly can learn to stop hosing down their driveways!
Why can't the desert harness the geothermal in something like a still-like function, clean that steam, and put IT back into the Sea.
There are so many more ways to save the Sea with 9 billion dollars other than reducing it's size.
Reducing the size of a 100-year old entity is not acceptable to those that are living here and trying to build a future for their families in a peacefull, non-violent, nature friendly area!!!!!!!!!
San Diego needs to get more environmently minded and STOP taking away from other areas which do not belong to them by no other means than population and votes!
AKA SCSD Director Barrett

United States

#5 Feb 8, 2009

Geothermal Power Plants do not harness existing steam buried deep in the earth.

The Power Plants use what is called an "injection well" in which fresh water is injected into the earth to meet up with the intense heat trapped below the surface of the earth. When the water and the heat meet, steam is produced and extracted from a location a little bit away from where the water was injected.

This highly compressed steam is piped to the fanlike blades of a steam turbine which causes the turbine to spin. The turbine shaft is mechanically connected to a generator that in turn spins and creates electricity just like the alternator on your car.

The biproduct of left over steam (brine) is very salty and corrosive and must be hauled off and disposed of. To some extent any condensed (cooled) steam is re-injected into the earth for more steam.

So in actuality Geothermal Power Plants use a great deal of water to run.

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