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Had its engineers known that the Salton Sink had not always been dry, that it once contained a freshwater lake the size of Delaware, they might have reconsidered.
Now a hotly contested deal is under way in which the lid would "conserve" another 300,000 acre feet so that it can "transfer"-sell--that "saved" water to San Diego and Coachella Valley (the northern part of the Salton Sink, containing Palm Springs).