The Salton Sea is altering the ecosystem in California as its normal salinity increases due to reduced evaporation processes and low freshwater input. Recycling and water conservation continue to lower the sea's levels, also increasing the salinity and negatively impacting the habitat for several fish and wildlife species.
In addition to habitat destruction, diminished air quality could occur by exposing lakebeds that could cause dust. In 2003, the effort began to undertake the restoration of the area’s ecosystem. Through the Salton Sea Ecosystem Restoration Program, California’s Department of Water Resources is planning to create a 640-acre area that will provide restored native bird and fish habitats and integrated sedimentation basins.