Monday, 3 September 2012
Brilliant Water Website and some photos
I found a website which focuses on water issues in California and compiles all the articles written on various areas including a section that focuses solely on the Salton Sea.
There is also a brilliant section on where on earth the water comes from in Southern California:
"In the West, it is said that water flows uphill towards money, and nowhere else could that be truer than here in Southern California."
Lastly Maven, otherwise known as Chris Austin, has also put together various slideshows on water and water issues including one on the Imperial Valley Water which is chock full of information:
In other recent news, my parents came to visit, so I had the opportunity to do a tour around the whole Salton Sea. I did warn my family that it gets *hot* in August, but it was one of those situations, we needed to take advantage of the fact that they were out in Southern California. So might as well embrace the heat. We did make it all the way around, was about 140 miles drive. It is a biiiig lake. And it was a great day.
I took them to the sand dunes, the agricultural fields, the mudpots, Red Hill Marina, Obsidian Butte, Sonny Bono NWR, Salvation Mountain, Salton Sea Recreation Area (which - hooray - is open!!! It was slated to close!! And so it as been given at least another two years funding). Click on the name to get taken to th website where available.
It had rained a few times over the summer - or rather more crazy thunderstorms on the East side of the Sea and flooding had occured several times and thus when we walked over to the mudpots, it was super muddy rather than hot dry and salty. Below are a few pictures. I am happy that it rained and just hope that we get more rain as anything to help keep the Salton Sea wet is a good thing!! (Though California needs to have better infrastructure for rain so that when it does rain more heavily than a tinkle, towns don't get completely flooded.)