June 28, 2021

Salton Sea: Possible Mega-Project Would Require Enormous Brine Disposal

Salton Sea: Possible Mega-Project Would Require Enormous Brine Disposal

June 28, 2021

The Salton Sea in Southern California has been dubbed one of the worst human-caused environmental disasters, worsening every year as farm run-offs deposit more chemicals to the lake, with these chemicals and the lake’s salt concentrating to ever-more toxic levels as the lake slowly evaporates.  The California government continues to mull a plethora of multi-billion dollar proposals to remediate the lake.  This article discusses a plan to replenish the lake with saltwater from Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, coupled with building desalination plants to provide water for the severely constrained local agribusiness and 40mn people.  With this plan, or with many other potential plans (such as evaporating the entire lake away), ECOVAP could be an ideal low-cost solution for disposing of the brine, either directly from the lake or from desalination plants.

Read Article: Clock is ticking on dreams of saving Salton Sea with water from Mexico's Sea of Cortez

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Army Corps denies permit for massive gold mine proposed near Bristol Bay in Alaska
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