- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

SALTON SEA, Calif. (AP) - Federal officials have approved wildlife conservation plans involving restoration of about 700 acres of Salton Sea wetlands.

The San Bernardino Sun reports Monday (https://bit.ly/1sUYSco ) that the restoration area near Red Hill Bay is where polluted soils can easily be carried away by winds.

Officials say the project will restore habitat and keep the soils from blowing into the Coachella Valley and other communities.

The 376-square-mile Salton Sea has no outlet to the ocean and 90 percent of its water comes from agricultural runoff. The body of water has been growing saltier, plagued by algae blooms.

Experts warn that more dust will blow from the exposed lake bed as the water retreats.

The Salton Sea is home to more than 400 species of birds.

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Information from: The Sun, https://www.sbsun.com


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