September 11, 2012

Dying Salton Sea possible source of LA stink

Gillian Flaccus Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The saltwater lake that could be to blame for a rotten-egg stench that seeped through Southern California has bigger problems than its public image.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District is waiting Tuesday for test results that could help pin the foul odor on the Salton Sea.

Residents living more than 100 miles from the lake complained of the aroma on Monday.

The vast body of water 150 miles southeast of Los Angeles is a dying lake and is plagued with increasing salinity, receding shorelines and periodic fish die-offs triggered by low oxygen levels.

A storm late Sunday could have churned up the lake and released stinky bacteria into the air from a recent fish die-off.

The smell was abating Tuesday as breezes picked up.

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