Norm Niver

United States

#1 May 16, 2009

To me, It is amazing that the public seems not to care about the future drying up of the Salton Sea. Instead of worrying about 9 billion dollars for a future recreational sea, read and understand that the sea is over. But some think,“Oh, they will save it”: they are dreamers. Read and understand what the State Water Resources Agency is doing to “save” the Salton Sea: read it closely and understand that only habitat at the south and north ends of the sea will have the water they need for just that, habitat. Is $9.6 Billion in the future going to save it? Did you know that below the border, in Mexico an effort to recreate the historical habitat that was there in the first place before dams were built on the Colorado river.

Yes, It is a work in progress. Supported by counter parts from California, Arizona and the Mexican governments they intend to replace the missing part of the Pacific Flyway that once was the great Salton Sea.
This vast 38 mile long middle of the sea will see after 2017, a very quick dropping of the shoreline of the sea. No water? The sea can drop 8 vertical feet in one long hot summer. This will expose a great deal of bottom sediment. Dust will rise. The future of the Coachella Valley’s success is in the publics hands. Fact: high winds in the past have done extensive and expensive damage to the Coachella Valley. With winds seemingly stronger at this time do to Global Warming the severity of damage to humans and property will increase from then until now exponentially.

March is the kite flying month.
Recent winds blew up the Coachella Valley heading east downing power lines while disrupting people and businesses. One business, the new Home Depot Garden Center on Jackson Street in Indio, should make one to understand and recall the 148 mile per hour wind, out of the east in 1974 traveling over the Salton Sea area. This event should scare the hell out of each and every one living in the Coachella Valley. It happened in August, 1974. This wind pushing forcibly down the valley then did $5 million dollars damage to down town Palm Springs. It was a precursor of things to come. The damage was extended to all points east to the then, very wet and productive Salton Sea.
Once the Salton Sea is dry, in progress, leaving us with a dry climate that of Death Valley, everyone can conclude that choking dust with added bottom sediment will be entrained into the air to add to known wind damage.
The Salton Sea’s Middle Sea is to be dried up completely.
The area of dry-up is 38 by 17 miles creating a barren desert.( 38by 17,:Lan Stat: Boeing.1994
At this time the area around the Salton Sea is solid with new grass, vegetation, trees and wildflowers. Yet the area surrounding the sea is daily seeing giant clouds of dust into the air for humans to breathe. This source of dust is rising in spite of vegetation surrounding us. The ancient flood plains dust from the sea’s past history minus farm chemicals is the only redeeming factor. Dust is still dust.
Think about it...
Norm Niver
The Salton Sea is worth Saving.
Think about it now. Think about it often.

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