Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea | Chicago Reader

Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea

In this occasionally lighthearted but always affecting cautionary tale (2004), Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer trace the history of California's Salton Sea, the result of a century-old irrigation project in the desert that went awry. Now slowly drying up, it's become a salty, polluted mess that frequently kills pelicans. Of the structures originally built on the shore, some are shown underwater, others high and dry. Some of the entertaining and eccentric locals would like to move but can't afford to because their homes are worth so little; others seem happy to stay. 86 min.


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