SAN DIEGO — California regulators have approved a plan to spend nearly $400 million over 10 years to slow the shrinking of the state’s largest lake, a major resting place for migratory birds and a buffer against swirling dust in farming towns.
Funding for the Salton Sea is unclear, but the plan enjoyed support from major water agencies and environmental advocacy groups. It preserves an uneasy peace among urban and rural areas in California on distributing the state’s share of Colorado River water.
The plan comes at a critical time for the salty lake about 150 miles southeast of Los Angeles because San Diego’s regional water agency will stop sending water to help preserve the lake on Dec. 31.
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