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Strange Days on the Salton Sea

by Staff


Tags: environment, Salton Sea, California, documentary, film, Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea, High Country News, Sonny Bono,

California’s Salton Sea isn’t just a body of water, it’s an epic tale of environmental tinkering gone wrong wrapped up in a storyline that involves real estate fever, massive fish kills, congressman Sonny Bono, and more than a few sunburned eccentrics. High Country News tells part of the strange tale in its March 3 issue. For a cinematic, even weirder take on the sea and its characters, check out the documentary film Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea, now out on DVD, which is reviewed in the March-April Utne Reader.

Keith Goetzman