The Salton Sea got it's last large deposit of water by accident in 1905 from a overwhelmed irrigation system stemming from the Colorado River. It filled the dry lake bed creating a modern sea. The area flourished for sometime. Resort towns popped up. The water was full of fish and birds flocked to the shores. With no natural runoff and little rain the heathy sea became full of pollution. By the 1960's the resorts were closing and most nearby by residents moved on.
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