by Scott London
I recently returned from another trip to the Salton Sea. It was my second time there this year. The lake levels have receded dramatically in recent years and the smell of decay is worse than I remembered. Dwindling inflows and rising salinity levels have transformed the sea from a quiet sanctuary to a toxic wasteland.
The troubled economy has only exacerbated the problems in the area. In Salton City, the collapse of the real estate market has caused many developers to abandon their housing projects half-finished. “For Sale” signs and tattered “Open House” flags flutter disconsolately in the wind. The place is pervaded by an eerie silence.
I’ve been making a point of visiting the Salton Sea as often as I can in recent years in an effort to document, in some small way, the changes unfolding there. I’ve gathered about thirty of my photos along with some commentary here.