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Documentary On Man’s 116-Mile Walk Around Salton Sea To Be Screened At Oceanside Film Fest

Trailer for "SOS: The Salton Sea Walk"

Documentary On Man's 116-Mile Walk Around Salton Sea To Be Screened At Oceanside Film Fest


Randy Brown, subject, "SOS: The Salton Sea Walk"


Randy Brown became the first person to hike the 116-mile perimeter of the Salton Sea in June 2015.

Now Brown's hike, which he completed during 105 to 110-degree weather, and the problems the sea is facing are the subject of a documentary that is set to debut at the Oceanside Film Festival on Monday.

The Salton Sea is California's largest lake. The sea, which is located in both Imperial and Riverside counties, is shrinking and thus exposing the lakebed that turns into dust when the wind blows. Mitigation water is being put in the Salton Sea through the end of 2017 as part of a deal that transfers water to San Diego County and the Coachella Valley. The shrinking of the sea is expected to speed up once mitigation water stops going into the sea at the end of 2017.

"The sea really affects the nation. It's really a misnomer that it's just this one sort of sparsely populated area out in the desert. The dust flows if the sea dries up will affect LA, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix. Two-thirds of all the winter fruits and vegetables in the U.S. are grown there so it's going to affect the nation's entire fruit and veggie supply," said the producer of the film, Blake Alexander.

RELATED: Personal Challenge To Hike Salton Sea Turns Into Environmental Mission

Brown will join Midday Edition on Thursday to talk about why he circumnavigated the Salton Sea and what he hopes the film will accomplish.

"SOS: Salton Sea Walk" will premiere at the Oceanside Film Festival on Monday, Aug. 7. The screening is at the Sunshine Brooks Theatre in Oceanside at 7:13 p.m.


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