Carla Bender Photography | SOS: a distress call from the salon sea

The Salton Sea is a shallow, saline lake sitting directly on the San Andreas Fault. It is the largest lake in California, is 236 ft. below sea level, has a catchment area of 8,360 square miles, a decreasing water area of 6,000,000 acre/ft, and needs our help to quell the rapid evaporation which has accelerated since San Diego's regional water agency stopped sending water.

Formed through an engineering mishap, the Sea thrived in the 1950's with beach resort communities of Salton City, Salton Sea Beach, and Desert Shores on the west and Desert Beach, North Shore and Bombay Beach on the east. Many of these have been abandoned or shrunk in popularity as the Sea salinity and pollution increases.

It has been deemed the "Crown Jewel of avian biodiversity", over 400 species have been documented at the Salton Sea. It is a major resting stop on the Pacific Flyway.
As the lake shrinks, wind blows dust and odors into nearby communities and threatens the migratory bird habitat as well as air quality.

For me, the Sea is a disappearing time capsule where its beauty resonates through its inhabitants-both human and otherwise, counter-culture festivals, hidden nooks, the changing shoreline and temporary artscapes.

It is a gem worth saving, exploring, rehabilitating, experiencing.

Prints are available with 25 percent of profits going toward restoration efforts.