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Canadian Celebrity Ice Bucket Challenges President Obama

Visits the ecological disaster site of the Salton Sea, California


(SNN) – A Canadian celebrity made his mark on the shores of the Salton Sea this week when he visited the devastated site and issued a challenge to President Barack Obama. Standing among decaying fish, collapsed buildings and rusting twisted metal, actor and singer, Harry Ahmik, poured a bucket of ice water over his head and issued the following challenge.

"Hello from the Salton Sea. We're here learning about the abuse and devastation of this once beautiful inland sea, a National Treasure," stated Ahmik, “We took a moment to join the #IceBucketChallenge movement in support of the ALS Association. My friend Kenneth A. LaBarre, the mayor of Bombay Beach, challenges Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.”

Calling out the President of the United States, Ahmik declared, "And me? In addition to a donation from my foundation, I challenge the Prez, Barack Obama." In respect, Ahmik saluted Obama as he raised his coffee Thermos over his left ear.

Once a favourite tourist spot and considered one of the most beautiful locations in the United States, the Salton Sea, located between California's Imperial and Coachella Valleys, is today a virtual graveyard. “I was in tears looking at the thousands of dead fish lining its north shore,” stated Ahmik.

Today, the Salton Sea and the former gems of California; Bombay Beach, Salton City and the National Park, is a refuse of rotting buildings, rusting vehicles, and dying sea life. The 8,360 square mile sea was accidentally created when an agricultural development company diverted the water flooding the valley, leaving a sea made up of saline water. In the past 50 years, the Salton Sea has become a death trap for the aquatic life due to agricultural runoff from rainfall. The resulting concentration of salt, has made the area a graveyard.

“I came here because my celebrity can bring the much needed attention to the American government's poor environmental record.” concluded Ahmik.

No response has come from the White House; however, many Americans have tweeted their displeasure towards Ahmik's visit. “Who does he think he is?” tweeted @LDECappro. “He should mind his own business and look in his own backyard,” tweeted @RobRougeFord.

Harry Ahmik has a long history of involvement with the environment.

The controversial Salton Sea debacle in California has seen a string of high-profile visitors in recent years.


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