Aerial view shows environmental disaster at the Salton Sea


The Salton Sea is 35 miles long and 15 miles wide. Tuesday morning, News Channel 3’s Madison Weil got a bird’s eye view of the environmental disaster in the making at the Salton Sea.

Will Worthington, a volunteer pilot for Lighthawk, a company that works with a conservation group educating people on the changing landscape of the sea.

Salton Sea Program Director Frank Ruiz served as the guide for this trip. Ruiz says the Salton Sea is receding at an alarming rate, about 6-inches a year, exposing toxic lake bed which is evident from the air.

“The Colorado River is going into the 19th year of drought. And that’s providing less and less water to the Salton Sea,” Ruiz said.

Five hundred years ago most of the surrounding area by the Salton Sea was underwater. Now, homes that were at one point waterfront properties, and the nearby canals, are bone dry.

“The water that you see, and of course the water that comes in Mexico, a lot of people will say it’s highly contaminated. Water changes in color because of all the different elements it brings in,” Ruiz said.

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