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Bringing the Salton Sea Back to Life

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Science  28 Jan 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5453, pp. 565
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5453.565a

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The U.S. government has given the nod to what could become one of the most ambitious ecological restoration projects ever attempted: rescuing the Salton Sea, a giant lake in Southern California that has become a deathtrap for wildlife. On 13 January, the Interior Department released a blueprint for healing the lake, now on a fast track to looking as lifeless as the Dead Sea. But Congress must come up with $1 billion or more to pay for a full-scale restoration.