In 1900, the California Development Company embarked on a project to redirect water from the Colorado River to what was known then as the Salton Sink, an arid former lake bed that for a short time became a stretch of fertile farmland. But in 1905, the pipeline overflowed, and for two years, the Salton Sink filled with water and eventually became the Salton Sea. The "California Riviera" became a glamorous beach resort—but today, rising salinity and evaporating water make the sea a danger to the environment.
How A Resort Town Became An Abandoned Toxic Wasteland
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