With all the talk about the need to save the Salton Sea, it can become easy to forget what fueled the most recent effort, which dates back to mid-to-late 1990s.
It was then that a die-off that left thousands of birds dead captured the attention of the nation.
If we ever forget the reason there is so much effort being put into saving the sea, every summer we are given a clear reminder.
This summer is no different. As many as 200 brown pelicans have died since May, when a jump in temperature gave rise to the avian botulism, which can wipe out birds that depend on the sea for a food source.
As we write this, state and federal wildlife workers are trying to save the lives of birds by removing sick, dying and dead birds from the sea as quickly as possible. Those birds that can be saved will be saved. Unfortunately, as we have already seen, many will die.