Mette Lampcov is a freelance documentary photographer from Denmark, who is based in Los Angeles, California.She studied fine art in London, England and after moving to the United States 15 years ago, studied photography and journalism at...
A Tilapia skeleton lays as a reminder of the huge die offs that are seen around the Salton sea. High algae blooms decrease the oxygen levels in the sea killing the fish: caused by a decrease of water entering the sea, rising temperatures and evaporation result in increased sanity levels.
The Salton sea is a looming environmental and public health disaster. The Salton Sea’s shoreline is receding, exposing a dusty lakebed known as the “playa.” This sandy substance holds a century’s worth of agricultural runoff, including DDT, ammonia, possibly carcinogenic herbicides like trifluralin and other chemicals. Its windborne dust travels across Southern California and into Arizona, but nearby communities — many of them populated by Latino farmworkers — bear the heaviest burden.
Lizzette and her mum are playing after schools, at the family back yard, near Salton City. Her mum Miriam Juarez " Our kids are chronically ill, the toxic dust is of course affecting us" as strong winds are whipping up dust.
When Martha has to go outside during storm days, she wears a dust mask " I just don't go outdoors on days its windy, I get to sick and can't breath" " she says' "we feel ignored between the toxic dust from the sea, the pesticides and fertilizers from the surrounding fields we are exposed too - everyone gets sick "
Chris Schoneman Project Leader at The Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge stands looking out over a vast dried out lake bed area, with the current shore line way in the distance miles away
Christian: "This used to be one of the major bird migration routes and bird sanctuaries in America- next only to the Bay Delta and the Great Lakes- Now most of fish have died off due to high levels of salinity and all fish eating birds are gone"
Donna and Mike's house reflects in the Canal they live next too- once filled with water part of the Salton sea they used to fish and boat and swim in - now there is nothing left but a stagnant smelly pool of water with now outlet and drying up.
Children play in the play ground at the Salton City Sea View Elementary School. Children living near the sea both in the Coachella Valley and Impreal county have some of the highest levels of asthma in the country. As the frequent high winds whip up the exposed dust from playas, children complain of breathing difficulties and nose bleeds.
A geothermal plant at the south eastern shore of the Salton Sea. More plants are planned as the sea keeps shrinking and more land becomes available for exploration and development.
The drought crisis on the Colorado River looms large in California’s Imperial Valley, which produces much of the nation’s lettuce, broccoli and other crops, and now faces water cuts. But those cuts will also be bad news for the environmental and ecological disaster unfolding just to the north, at the shallow, shimmering and long-suffering Salton Sea.
Wile at the same time Salton Sea’s shoreline is receding, exposing a dusty lakebed known as the “playa.” This sandy substance holds a century’s worth of agricultural runoff, including DDT, ammonia, possibly carcinogenic herbicides like trifluralin and other chemicals. Its windborne dust travels across Southern California and into Arizona, but nearby communities — many of them populated by Latino farmworkers — bear the heaviest burden.