Officials Working To Improve Salton Sea Look To Lake Elsinore

"Everything is interconnected there: the aquatic ecosystem, the health of the water, air quality and tourism."

A water engineer who helped design the revival of Lake Elsinore has been appointed director of the Salton Sea Authority, it was announced over the weekend.

Roger Shintaku, a civil engineer and technical director at Elan Associates in Corona, will begin work in January, the authority's board has decided.

The authority was set up to manage the restoration of the Salton Sea as a recreational destination and a center for green energy. The state legislature also wants the water level and quality stabilized to protect regional air quality by minimizing dust.

[Click here to read more about the revitalization plan.]

"Everything is interconnected there: the aquatic ecosystem, the health of the water, air quality and tourism," Shintaku said.

Shintaku comes to the job after leading a similar effort with the Lake Elsinore Management Project to reduce water loss from evaporation, improve water quality and enhance fish and wildlife habitats, according to officials with the Salton Sea Authority.

"Roger will bring a wealth of experience and ingenuity to the post," said Marion Ashley, the Authority's president and Riverside County's Fifth District supervisor. "He is just the sort of leader needed to bring the goals of the Salton Sea Authority to fruition."

Shintaku said he grew up fishing and boating on the Salton Sea.

"I know what it can be. I know what recreation means in terms of the economy for the area," he said. "And I want future generations to have the same opportunities that I had enjoying the Sea all my life."

The Salton Sea, southeast of Indio, is a salty inland lake that is below sea level, and has no outlet. It was created 100 years ago when an investment company's canal to the Colorado River went out of control during floods, inundating what had been a dry lake.

The Salton Sea made headlines across the country this past summer after a smelly odor that lingered over Southern California was traced to the large body of water. [Click here for more on that story.] --City News Service contributed to this report.

The Teller of Truth December 11, 2012 at 07:34 AM
Who's on first?
John Mackey December 11, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Letting Sea Dry Up Is Irresponsible; Dust Storms Would Doom County!
Ken Mayes December 11, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Salton Sea is not one of the 3. It did not exist before 1905. This area is the Colorado Desert a part of the Sonoran Desert.
dennis December 11, 2012 at 05:36 PM
There was a documentary on PBS about the massive dust storms that would be created if salton sea dried up.It would be really really bad,just like what happened in the midwest in the 1930"S
Hill Billy December 11, 2012 at 08:17 PM
the sea is one of the last remaining wetlands for thousands of migratory birds since the mass development of the LA/OC basin and wetlands....Give it back to mother nature, Sure! Just give it ALL back!!


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