The Salton Sea, the largest body of water in California, was once a tourist hot spot during the 1950s — that has since changed with it drying up, leaving a nasty stench.
The Riverside County Supervisors asked Congress to keep language in a bill that could funnel millions of dollars towards restoring the Salton Sea. Supervisors said the sea is at a point where it will either devolve “into an ecological and economic disaster,” or be transformed into a “healthy, attractive environment,” KPCC reported in March.
If something isn't done soon, California may wind up paying as much as $70 billion over the next few decades, according to a new report from the Pacific Institute.
Michael Cohen is the author of that report and warns about the ecological, environmental and economical consequences that could arise from inaction.