Leon Lesicka’s Calling: An Effort To Preserve Wildlife, Protect the Desert and Cleanse Waterways

Brawley resident and Imperial Valley native Leon Lesicka is pictured with the book, Leon’s Desert, which was penned by former Congressman Duncan L. Hunter about Lesicka’s work as a conservationist in the Imperial Valley desert.

For more than 30 years the name Leon Lesicka has been associated with conservationism in the Imperial Valley desert from providing water holes that have allowed wildlife to thrive to maintaining a healthy environment and clean waterways.

And at age 84, the man former Congressman Duncan L. Hunter dubbed “America’s Greatest Conservationist” is not ready to slow down.

His current undertaking: the building of a ten-acre wetlands on the Alamo River in Holtville, a project funded through a recent $3 million federal grant administered by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, that will clean the water flowing through the river and ultimately improve the quality of drainage flows to the Salton Sea.

It is the latest wetlands project

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Reason to be optimistic about the Salton Sea’s future

A 2015 file photo from the shores of the Salton Sea.

At a recent Salton Sea Authority Board meeting there was a very clear declaration from Board members that there is finally a reason to be optimistic about movement toward restoration at the State’s largest inland lake that stretches from Imperial to Riverside counties. Such statements of optimism came after an audience member urged caution toward becoming overly optimistic about plans when perhaps there needs to be greater focus on how successful those plans can be. Each of the Board members who responded agreed that it needs to be clearly shown through proof of concept that the projects proposed for the Sea can achieve their desired goals. However, they went on to say that after years of perceived inaction, the recent steps by Governor Edmund G. Brown’s administration and proposals under the state’s new Salton Sea Management Program should

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