Salton Sea Ecosystem

The Salton Sea is a large (380 mi2), highly troubled, hypersaline lake in the desert of southern California. Congress mandated that studies and management be implemented to restore the health of the Sea. Little is known about the terrestrial ecosystem and virtually nothing about the cycling of sulfate (the dominate salt in the Sea water) in arid environments. Bill Boarman was in charge of a large multidisciplinary team of academic and agency scientists collaborating on various teams to study the effect of saline particulate deposition on the terrestrial ecosystem. Methods used were from various disciplines including atmospheric chemistry, soils ecology, toxicology, as well as sampling protocols from population ecology.