To Dry the Salton Sea. Or Not.

David Zetland posted on the Salton Sea today, arguing that we should just give it up:

Today’s Salton “Sea” is NOT natural. It’s replenished by irrigation runoff, of dubious quality. As water evaporates, it leaves behind higher concentrations of salts and other nasty stuff. Time to dry out the Salton Toilet, clean up the mess (yes, users pay) and restore real wetlands where they naturally occurred — in Mexico, at the Colorado River Delta.

To which Imari Nuyen-Kariotis responded:

The Salton Sea is here and people live around it.

Which is why, whatever merits David’s argument may have in the abstract (and I’m not sure I buy David’s approach), the Salton Sea will not go quietly.