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**NEW Barnum, D.A., Bradley, T., Cohen, M., Wilcox, B., and Yanega, G., 2017, State of the Salton Sea—A science and monitoring meeting of scientists for the Salton Sea: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1005, 20 p.,

US Bureau of Reclamation archive page of Salton Sea related documents.

Case, H. L., III; Boles, Jerry ; Delgado, Arturo ; Nguyen, Thang ; Osugi, Doug ; Barnum, Douglas A.; Decker, Drew ; Steinberg, Steven ; Steinberg, Sheila ; Keene, Charles ; White, Kristina ; Lupo, Tom ; Gen, Sheldon; Baerenklau, Ken A., 2013, Salton Sea ecosystem monitoring and assessment plan, USGS Open-File Report: 2013-1133. (

Saiki, Michael K.; Martin, Barbara A.; Anderson, Thomas W., 2011, Unusual dominance by desert pupfish (Cyprinodon macularius) in experimental ponds within the Salton Sea Basin, Southwestern Naturalist, 56: 385 – 392.  (

Brothers, D.; Kilb, D.; Luttrell, K.; Driscoll, N.; Kent, G., 2011, Loading of the San Andreas fault by flood-induced rupture of faults beneath the Salton Sea, Nature Geoscience, 4: 486 – 492. (

Saiki, M.K., Martin, B.A., and May, T.W., 2010, Final report: Baseline selenium monitoring of agricultural drains operated by the Imperial Irrigation District in the Salton Sea Basin: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1064, 100 p. (

Miles, A.K., Ricca, M.A., Meckstroth, A., and Spring, S.E., 2009, Salton Sea Ecosystem Monitoring Project: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1276, 150 p.  (

May, T.W., Walther, M.J., Saiki, M.K., and Brumbaugh, W.G., 2009, Total selenium in irrigation drain inflows to the Salton Sea, California, April 2009: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009–1230, 10 p. (

Martin, B. A.; Saiki, M. K., 2009, Trophic relationships of small nonnative fishes in a natural creek and several agricultural drains flowing into the Salton Sea, and their potential, effects on the endangered desert pupfish, Southwestern Naturalist, 54: 156 – 165.  (

Molina, K. C.; Ricca, M. A.; Miles, A. K.; Schoneman, C.,  2009, Use of a nesting platform by Gull-billed Terns and Black Skimmers at the Salton Sea, California, Western Birds, 40: 267 – 277. (

Brothers, D. S.; Driscoll, N. W.; Kent, G. M.; Harding, A. J.; Babcock, J. M.; Baskin, R. L., 2009, Tectonic evolution of the Salton Sea inferred from seismic reflection data, Nature Geoscience, 2: 581 – 584. (

Hurlbert, S. H. 2008. The Salton Sea Centennial Symposium. Proceedings of a symposium celebrating a century of symbiosis among agriculture, wildlife and people, 1905-2005, held in Dan Diego, California, USA, March 2005. Developments in Hydrobiology 201. 195 pp

Chung, E. G.; Schladow, S. G.; Perez-Losada, J.; Robertson, D. M, 2008, A linked hydrodynamic and water quality model for the Salton Sea, Hydrobiologia, 604: 57 – 75. (

Orlando, James L.; Smalling, Kelly L.; Kuivila, Kathryn M., 2008, Pesticides in Water and Suspended Sediment of the Alamo and New Rivers, Imperial Valley/Salton Sea Basin, California, 2006-2007, USGS Data Series: 365.  (

Hurlbert, S.H. ed. 2007. The Salton Sea. Lake and Reservoir Management Vol 23(5): 467-662

Oglesby, Larry C. 2005. The Salton Sea. Memoirs of the Southern Academy of Sciences, Vol 10. 240 pp

Patten, Michael, Guy McCaskie, and Phillip Unitt. 2003. Birds of the Salton Sea. Status, biogeography and ecology. University of California Press. 363 pp

Barnum, D.A., J.F. Elder, D. Stephens, and M. Friend. 2002. The Salton Sea. Proceedings of the Salton Sea Symposium, held in Desert Hot Springs, California, 13-14 January 2000. 306 pp

Melack, John, M, Robert Jellison and David Herbst. 2001. Saline Lakes. Publications from the International Conference on Salt Lakes, held in Death Valley National Park, California, USA, September 1999. 347 pp

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