(Public Health Department advisory)…It deals with Gypsum Irruption at the Salton Sea.
The Health Department was notified by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board of a recent discovery of gypsum crust that has formed in the channels and along the entire harbor shoreline in Desert Shores. The Department says the newly developed crust has razor-sharp gypsum crystals and could be deceiving in appearance. The public is advised to avoid contact with the area: attempting to approach the water’s edge could result in unexpected break through the crust. The Health Department says gypsum irruptions typically occur in the warmer months, between May and November, followed by a significant wind event causing sulfides from decomposing organic material and the sea floor to rise to the surface.