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Water Deal Benefits Salton Sea Restoration

September 09, 2003

Re "Agencies Near Deal on Water," Sept. 4: The water transfer agreement now being negotiated by the Gov. Gray Davis administration takes a huge step toward restoration of the Salton Sea, California's largest lake and a unique natural and cultural resource. Davis deserves praise for making the Salton Sea restoration a centerpiece of the water deal and for his persistence in keeping the parties at the table until they could reach such an agreement.

The Salton Sea and surrounding valleys provide habitat for more than 400 bird species, as well as several other rare and endangered species, some of which are unique to California. The sea draws visitors from all over the world who come to view its abundant and increasingly rare wildlife. It also provides the economic base for numerous communities in Imperial and Riverside counties. Much work remains to ensure successful restoration of the sea and to address the impacts of growth that result from the water transfer. But reaching an agreement that will lead to restoration of the Salton Sea is a victory for all Californians.

Julia Levin

State Policy Director

Audubon California

Kensington, Calif.

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