The Salton Sea is located in California on the San Andreas Fault. A court upheld massive water transfer system is diverting 100 gallons of much needed water from Imperial Valley farmland to San Diego County residents. The Quantification Settlement Agreement is “the largest agriculture-to-urban water in the history of the United State.” By cutting off this agricultural runoff, the Salton Sea could dry up completely in a matter of years.
Over the years the Salton Sea has absorbed toxic agricultural pollutants from nearby farms. As the sea is losing water its salt content causes the material to become airborne through breezes. Air quality is being reduced and wind storms are becoming more frequent. If the sea dries up completely over 400 migratory bird species may face massive die-offs or extinctions.