Thursday, January 04, 2007
Tell the California Department of Water Resources to restore the Salton Sea in a way that protects the people and wildlife that depend on this desert jewel.
Forward this message to at least 5 people who care about wildlife.
Nestled in the southern California desert, the Salton Sea is a desert jewel in danger of
Don’t let one of North America’s most important areas for migratory
birds wither away! Tell the California Department of Water Resources to
adequately protect the Salton Sea!
Water diversion plans could cause the Sea to evaporate away, devastating migratory bird
populations. Over the next two decades, this 360-square-mile lake will decrease by 30 percent -- rapidly shrinking vital wildlife habitat and increasing the amount of dust and salt that blows through the surrounding communities.
With over 90 percent of California’s wetlands gone, the Salton Sea has become an important stopping point for over 400 species of birds -- millions of individuals -- migrating up and down the Pacific Coast.
Millions of migratory birds -- including the imperiled brown pelican, Yuma clapper rail and the western snowy plover -- depend on the Sea as a vital stopover for
Help save the Salton Sea and the birds that depend on it.
Late last year, the California Department of Water Resources released a report assessing eight proposals to restore the Salton Sea. Unfortunately, none of the plans alone would adequately protect the people and wildlife that depend on the Sea.
A plan that takes parts of the report’s alternatives would provide the best path to restoring wildlife habitat while adequately protecting air and water quality for the surrounding communities.
The Salton Sea is important to bird lovers everywhere and it must be protected. Speak out now -- your comments must be received by the January 17th deadline.
The State of California has an opportunity to restore this desert jewel -- and with your
help we can set the course for a successful restoration of the Salton Sea and protect the people and wildlife that depend on it.
Defenders of Wildlife
For more information about the Salton Sea and the restoration planning
effort, please go to our Salton Sea web site: http://www.saltonseacoalition.org/
"God created the great sea creatures and every living thing that creeps, so that the water swarmed with all kinds of them, and there was every kind of winged bird; and God saw that it was good." [Genesis 1:21]
"God made each kind of wild beast, each kind of livestock and every kind of animal that crawls along the ground and God saw that it was good." [Genesis 1:25]
"For all forest creatures are mine already, as are the animals on a thousand hills; I know all the birds in the mountains; whatever moves in the fields is mine." [Psalms 50:1011]