A new entity known as the Salton Sea Authority is considering ways to keep the state's largest lake from deteriorating and even dying.

The area was an ancient salt sink until 1905, when an engineering mistake by land developers resulted in the basin being flooded with water from the Colorado River. The newly created Salton Sea -- which is 30% saltier than the ocean -- eventually accommodated such recreational uses as camping and fishing, and also provided a wildlife refuge for migrating birds.

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