desert environment

A number of state legislators and other officials are unhappy about how long it's taking to implement a plan to preserve the shrinking Salton Sea before toxin-laden dust from the increasingly dry lake bed poses serious environmental and health problems in the region.  More from Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero.

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The State Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife  held a public hearing Tuesday, May 8th, on the plan to rehabilitate the shrinking Salton Sea in Imperial County.

The Salton Sea has been shrinking rapidly in 2018, after most of the water it used to get from agricultural run-off was directed to other parts in the state last year. And less water means more exposed lake-bed, which comes with a number of problems.

Supporters of the three national monuments created by President Barack Obama in the Southern California desert are celebrating the monuments' second birthday, in spite of moves by the Trump administration to reconsider development in the area.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

Latino religious leaders sent a joint letter to President Obama on Tuesday urging the creation of three new national monuments in the Coachella Valley area.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on the push to grant federal recognition to the sites.

Last week, the Federal Bureau of Land Management announced the latest draft of its Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.  The plan lays out areas of the Southern California desert that will be zoned for renewable energy, while setting aside vast swaths for conservation.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on what the future holds for 10-million acres of desert.