Once hailed as one of the world’s most exceptional and prolific ecosystems, Mono Lake, located in Mono County, California, is an ancient saline lake. The lake had no fish, but trillions of brine shrimp and alkali flies thrived in its unique waters. Up until 1941, this strikingly beautiful lake was healthy and strong. But then Los Angeles, which was just beginning a giant growth spurt, drained the Mono Basin streams to keep its businesses and growing citizenry hydrated. This scandalous mishandling of natural resources went on for almost 50 years and when it was halted in 1990, Mono Lake had lost half its volume, its salinity had doubled, and became a toxic alkaline lake teeming with carbonates, chlorides and sulfates. A committee was formed to compel Los Angeles to right its wrong but the restoration project will take decades to complete.