Dr. Mark Matsumoto: The Salton Sea: Past, Present, and Future

The Salton Sea:  Past, Present, and Future

October 17th, 2018 at the SSB 130 room, UC Merced, starting at 12:30 pm. Vegetarian snacks, fair-trade coffee and tea will be provided. Please, bring your own mug to decrease waste. 


The Salton Sea, located in the southeast desert of California, was formed in 1905 and is California’s largest inland water body with an approximate surface area of 350 mi2 (910 km2).  Annually, more than 1 million ac-ft (1.23 x 109 m3) of water flows into the Sea, providing important habitat for over one million birds, comprised of 400 different avian species.  Beyond that, the Salton Sea, provides an essential role for California’s irrigated agriculture and has been a major water recreational area.

However, over time, Salton Sea water quality has deteriorated steadily, threatening the wildlife habitat and desirability as a recreational area.  As a result, there has been considerable concern and debate regarding the future of the Sea.  Numerous alternatives to mitigate adverse impacts have been forwarded.  This presentation will 1) provide a brief history of the Salton Sea, 2) summarize the current condition of the Salton Sea, 3) identify major water quality issues, 3) look at impacts of changes in Colorado River water resource allocations on the Sea, 4) give an overview of remediation approaches that have been proposed, and 5) review the published plan for remediating the Salton Sea.



Mark Matsumoto is currently the Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of California, Merced. He has held previous academic positions at the University at Buffalo and the University of California, Riverside. Over his academic career, Dr. Matsumoto’s research efforts have focused on novel and innovative systems and approaches for water quality restoration and improvements, with applications towards water reuse, hazardous waste site remediation, and surface and ground water quality concerns. He received his B.S. degree in Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering from the University of California, Davis. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


Did you know…? The ES Seminar is committed to decrease our environmental footprint. Our luncheons and seminar snacks are only vegetarian or vegan options. We brew our own coffee and tea, and encourage the participants to bring their own mugs to decrease waste.

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