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Birds of the Salton SeaStatus, Biogeography, and Ecology$
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Michael Patten

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520235939

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520235939.001.0001

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Conservation and Management Issues

Conservation and Management Issues

Chapter:
(p.7) Conservation and Management Issues
Source:
Birds of the Salton Sea
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Michael A. Patten

Guy McCaskie

Philip Unitt

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520235939.003.0002

The Salton Sea captivated tourists and fun seekers from nearby metropolitan areas in the 1940s and 1950s. It became so popular that the Salton Sea State Recreation Area was developed along the northeastern shoreline. The sea also became a major sport fishery after its introduction of marine fishes. The robust economy of the 1950s brought real-estate speculators, who marketed the area as a thriving resort. However, as the Salton Sea aged, its appeal worsened. The water became brown and turbid, fish carcasses littered the shore, and distasteful odors emanated from mud and backwaters. High water levels encroached on prime shoreline in the 1970s, and much of the shoreline is now dotted with dilapidated buildings and marinas, built only a half-century ago. The Salton Sea has thus become a cause célèbre for conservation biology. Its plight is featured commonly in newspapers, popular magazines, and journals.

Keywords:   metropolitan areas, shoreline, marine fishes, marinas, biology

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