Save Our Sea II is a recently formed community group with the mission of supporting restoration efforts for the Salton Sea and opposing those activities that will harm the lake.
Our board of directors consists of members from as far north as Sacramento, as far west as San Diego County and as close as Salton City. All of us have a great appreciation for the natural and recreational resources of the sea; all of us have fished, hunted, water-skied, camped at, live at or simply enjoyed the wonderful vistas of this great lake.
Recently the Imperial Irrigation District joined with the Coachella Valley Water District and the San Diego County Water Authority to propose a bill that will remove up to 300,000 acre-feet annually of water from Imperial County. Two hundred thousand acre-feet will go to San Diego and 100,000 acre-feet will go to the Coachella Valley.
Reducing the sea's inflow to this degree will drop its level by 15 feet, exposing approximately 40,000 acres of lake bottom, causing the lake's salt concentration to increase to the degree that its fishery will collapse and those birds that depend upon the fish will be significantly harmed. Prevailing winds from the west-northwest will pick up the fine silty, saline sediments and deposit them on prime agricultural lands in the Imperial Valley, impacting agricultural productivity and human health.