Magazine
Accidental refuge: Should we save the Salton Sea?

June 19, 2000

The Salton Sea became the Salton Sea in 1905, when human accident flooded the desert; now its survival is uncertain, as demand for scarce water continues to grow in Southern California.

Feature

Accidental refuge: Should we save the Salton Sea?
The Salton Sea became the Salton Sea in 1905, when human accident flooded the desert; now its survival is uncertain, as demand for scarce water continues to grow in Southern California.

Sidebar

Trickle of hope
An introduction to the special issues on the Salton Sea and the Colorado River Delta points to signs of life in an abused landscape in Southern California and Mexico.
'Something has got to give'
Salton Sea State Recreation Area Superintendent Steve Horvitz explains why the sea is so important.
'It's no horror story to me'
Longtime Salton City resident Norm Niver talks about the need to save the Salton Sea.
'They wasted a lot of money'
Mary Belardo, chair of the Torres-Martinez Band of Desert Cahuilla Indians, talks about the Indian perspective on the Salton Sea.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Reno waitresses rebel against high heels; Domino's Pizza via SUV; Ford Motor Co. admits SUVs cause problems; "pet owner" may change to "pet guardian" in Boulder, CO; prize-bearing cockroaches; how USAF considered bombing the moon; Nate Madsen's redwood.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
Summer intern Beth Wohlberg; HCN's Albuquerque board meeting; meeting with readers; new edition of "Water in the West."

News

Crawdads colonize the West's waterways
Exotic crayfish are invading streams throughout the West, and devastating the native crayfish and other riparian wildlife.
The Wayward West
San Rafael Swell bill is pulled; Al Gore pledges to protect roadless forests; California state park fees cut in half; gas pipeline companies disregard safety.
Babbitt’s monument tour blazes on
Babbitt’s monument tour blazes on
The Clinton administration designates four new national monuments: Hanford Reach, Oregon's Soda Mountain area, Arizona's Ironwood Forest and the Canyons of the Ancients in southwestern Colorado.
The Great Sand Dunes: the next new national park?
A plan to expand Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Monument and turn it into a national park would purchase the Baca Ranch and keep its much-sought-after groundwater in the San Luis Valley.
The end of a water mine?
Pressure is building for the federal government to send more of the groundwater in Colorado's San Luis Valley south in the Rio Grande for New Mexico and Texas.
Colorado considers a mining ban
In the wake of the Summitville Mine disaster, Colorado environmentalists are following Montana's example and working on initiative to ban cyanide in new open-pit gold mines in the state and to stop expansion of the Cripple Creek & Victor mine.

Letters

High Country News Classifieds
  • WRITING SKILLS TUTOR FOR HIRE!
    Fort Collins, CO college students welcome. Meet on your college campus!
  • CANYONLANDS FIELD INSTITUTE
    Colorado Plateau Natural & Human History Field Seminars. Lodge, river, hiking options. Small groups, guest experts.
  • NATURE EDUCATION DIRECTOR
    Our mission is to inspire a life-long connection to nature and community through creative exploration of the outdoors. We are seeking an educational leader who...
  • DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING DIRECTOR
    The Development and Marketing Director is a senior position responsible for the execution of all development and marketing strategies to raise funds and increase public...
  • DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
    Coordinates all Wyoming Wildlife Federation philanthropic activities. Tasks include identification, recruitment, and retention of donors, organizing fundraising events, and assisting with grant writing.
  • REALTOR NEEDS A REMOTE ASSISTANT
    This is a business assistant position, The working hours are flexible and you can chose to work from anywhere of your choice, the pay is...
  • CORPORATE & GRANTS PARTNER MANAGER
    Forever Our Rivers Foundation Corporate Partnerships Manager February 2020 www.ForeverOurRivers.org Forever Our Rivers Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was formed in late 2016 with the mission...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Central Oregon LandWatch is seeking an Executive Director to advance our mission and oversee the development of the organization. Job Description: The Executive Director oversees...
  • WESTERN NATIVE SEED
    Specializing in native seeds and seed mixes for western states.
  • MEDIA DIRECTOR
    Love working with the media? Shine a spotlight on passionate, bold activists fighting for wild lands, endangered species, wild rivers and protecting the climate.
  • STAFF ATTORNEY - NEVADA
    The Center for Biological Diversity is seeking an attorney to expand our litigation portfolio in Nevada. Come join our hard-hitting team as we fight for...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The Montana Wildlife Federation seeks an energetic leader to advance our mission, sustain our operations, and grow our grassroots power. For a full position description,...
  • HISTORIC COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITY IN DOWNTOWN NOGALES
    Nogales. 3 active lower spaces and upper floor with lots of potential. 520-245-9000 [email protected]
  • CHUCK BURR'S CULTUREQUAKE.COM BLOG
    Change will happen when we see a new way of living. Thinking to save the world.
  • COMING TO TUCSON?
    Popular vacation house, furnished, 2 bed/1 bath, yard, dog-friendly. Lee at [email protected] or 520-791-9246.
  • DIRECTOR, TEXAS WATER PROGRAMS
    The National Wildlife Federation seeks a Director to lead our water-related policy and program work in Texas, with a primary focus on NWF's signature Texas...
  • SPLIT CREEK RANCH
    Spectacular country home on 48 acres with Wallowa River running through it! 541-398-1148 www.RubyPeakRealty.com
  • OJO CALIENTE COMMERCIAL VENTURE
    Outstanding location near the world famous Ojo Caliente Mineral Spring Resort. Classic adobe Mercantile complete w/living quarters, separate 6 unit B&B, metal building and spacious...
  • NEW MEXICO GILA NATIONAL FOREST HORSE RANCH
    43 acres in the Gila National Forest. Horse facility, custom home. Year-round outdoor living. REDUCED to $999,000, 575-536-3109.
  • EVERLAND MOUNTAIN RETREAT
    Everland Mountain Retreat includes 318 mountaintop acres with a 3,200 square foot lodge and two smaller homes. Endless vistas of the Appalachian mountains, open skies,...