Group organizing ‘Save Our Sea’ campaign focused on Salton Sea

October 18th, 2013 | by Ian James | Comments
A boat dock sits in just inches of water at the southeastern edge of the Salton Sea, Thursday, August 22nd, 2013. Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun

A boat dock sits in just inches of water at the southeastern edge of the Salton Sea, Thursday, August 22nd, 2013. Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun

A fledgling organization is starting an effort to raise awareness about the problems of the Salton Sea and will be holding events this weekend to spread the word about its “Save Our Sea” campaign.

Kerry F. Morrison, an activist and singer who started The EcoMedia Compass, said the agenda on Saturday will include an 11 a.m. news conference in Thermal, organizing and community outreach events with volunteers, and music in the evening (see this website for details and locations).

“We want to get everyone involved that wants to help,” Morrison said.

He said his efforts focusing on the Salton Sea began more than two years ago, when he was involved in filming a music video at the lake. Morrison expressed concern about the diminishing flows of water that threaten the Salton Sea, and said he see great potential for people to help preserve it.

His group is now organizing a March 14-16 “SOS! Festival,” an event bringing together music, art, science and information about Salton Sea restoration efforts.

“There’s been a lot of people working for the Salton Sea in little pockets, but I haven’t seen anything that’s brought them together in a cohesive way,” Morrison said. “What we’re trying to be is as loud as possible to save our sea.”

Morrison and others working with the group have set up a camp at Rancho La Playa – 3600 Hwy 86 in Thermal – a private 150-acre ranch where they plan to hold the festival in March. He said the festival will be a different type of event, a sort of “Coachella for a cause.”

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