California is extremely proud of its biggest lake, the Salton Sea. It’s about as proud as it was after acquiring, (stealing) Owens Lake from the Paiute Indians. Although the protection of the lake was forged in another useless treaty with Native Americans, Owens Lake no longer exists. Sucked dry by the Los Angeles Aqueduct, this toxic dust bowl is a thorn in the side of the city of Los Angeles’s Water Department. Forced into litigation by the Federal government it was found liable for all the dust problems and loss of bird sanctuaries. LA is trying to plug the massive leak in its budget to remediate this environmental disaster. Over 30 years it has been failing miserably. This history will be repeated at the Salton Sea, now that it is slowly drying up and exposing a crusty playa. That too is loaded with small crystalline heavy metal toxins waiting to go airborne and lung bound as soon as the winds of certainly blow. The argument for not saving the nearly 350 square mile avian and fish estuary is that this was a free lake. In 1905 and 06, an earthen dike broke free and the Colorado River does what all water likes to do, head for the low spot. Like Native Americans, poor migrant workers in the area don’t carry many rights and this lake is doomed to go back to its original dry lakebed status. All the water now held there will be used to irrigate the local fruits and vegetables and to wash cars and water gulf courses in the local area. So, don’t bother trying to save it, there just isn’t enough money in the area.  But the artists and tourists of the 2030’s will be attracted to the new Burning Man South that will be open year-round, competing with Disney. As the money pours in, the valley will be paved with an adobe coating to protect the patrons. A desalination plant will be built at the closed nuclear San Onofre site and its water delivered by tunnel to the valley. Californians have a unique ability to turn an environmental disaster into a river of gold.