Improving Conditions at California’s Salton Sea

Under the direction of Governor Gavin Newsom, California state agencies are advancing projects at the Salton Sea to improve air quality and provide critical environmental habitat for birds along the Pacific Flyway.

Flows into the Salton Sea have declined in recent years, and the result is a shrinking, increasingly saline lake. As the Salton Sea recedes, previously submerged lakebed is being exposed, creating dust that is of concern to local communities.

The California Natural Resources Agency, the California Department of Water Resources and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are focused on implementing the Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP), which includes a 10-year plan that aims to improve conditions by constructing 30,000 acres of habitat and dust suppression projects around the Sea.

At the same time, the SSMP team works to establish a long-term pathway for the Salton Sea beyond the next decade, including work to evaluate the feasibility of water importation as a strategy for restoration of the Salton Sea.

Since early 2019, the SSMP team has significantly improved its capacity to deliver projects at the Salton Sea. Informed by constructive input from community members, local leaders and interested groups, the team continues to work with partners to implement projects to improve conditions near the Salton Sea and institutionalize inclusive community engagement within and across SSMP projects.

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First Kick-off Meetings is Tomorrow for Salton Sea Management Program Long-Range Planning Committee

The California Natural Resources Agency is virtually reconvening the Long-Range Planning Committee tomorrow, December 14. A second meeting is December 21. The committee will assist in the development of the Long-Range Plan.

While the State team implements the Salton Sea Management Program – Phase I: 10-Year Plan, it is simultaneously developing a path forward for the long-term restoration and management of the Salton Sea. The Long-Range Plan will reflect the input from tribal governments, community members, stakeholders, the Independent Review Panel, and the members of the Long-Range Planning Committee.

At the kickoff meetings, the Salton Sea team will share information on the Long-Range Plan and the role of the Long-Range Planning Committee. Each meeting will be the same so there is no need to participate in both meetings. Community members are welcome to attend and share their comments during the public comment period. You can participate via Zoom or by telephone.

The first meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 9 a.m. Attendees will be able to access the meeting through Zoom (https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86893811521, no password required) or by telephone (866-390-1828, access code: 787909).

The second meeting will be on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 9 a.m. Attendees will be able to access the meeting through Zoom (https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84960756697, no password required) or by telephone (866-390-1828, access code: 787909).

For more information, meeting materials and instructions on using Zoom, please visit www.SaltonSea.ca.gov or email cnra-saltonsea@resources.ca.gov.

Vegetation Enhancement Projects Moving Ahead in Partnership with U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Salton Sea vegetation enhancement projects.The Salton Sea Management Program and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) are partnering to establish about 1,700 acres of native vegetation enhancement projects around the Salton Sea on land owned by the Reclamation. The Vegetation Enhancement Projects aim to establish and enhance native vegetation on the exposed lakebed to create habitat benefits and provide suppression of wind-blown dust.

The projects are planned at three different locations. Two sites are located near the community of Salton City: Clubhouse (approximately 400 acres) and Tule Wash (approximately 1,215 acres). The third site is located near the community of Bombay Beach (approximately 90 acres).

The specific objective of the projects is to enable the creation of an Iodine Bush vegetation community across the three sites. This vegetation community is dominated by Iodine Bush with other associated species, and is widely observed across the arid Southwestern U.S., especially in the vicinity of saline lakes.  The vegetation is also widely observed around the perimeter of the Salton Sea.

The project will enhance the growth of existing vegetation stands and promote new growth in open areas.  The treatment of existing vegetation stands will consist of weed removal and the addition of compost to promote growth. Open areas of the lakebed will be supplied with water, plants, seeds, and physical modifications to promote growth of native vegetation.

Three vegetation establishment methods are proposed, including natural recruitment, seeding, and planting. Vegetation in the form of seeding or planting (potted plants or plugs grown in a nursery) will be combined with wind protection such as straw bales and water to help protect and facilitate plant growth and improve plant survival rates. The mix of plant species to be considered for the project include Iodine Bush (Allenrolfea occidentalis), Big Saltbush (Atriplex lentiformis), Salton Saltbush (Atriplex canescens var. macllenta), Bush Seepweed (Sueda nigra), Western Sea-purslane (Sesuvium verrucosum), Cattle Saltbush (Atriplex polycarpa), and other opportunistic species.

The work is envisioned to begin this year and continue into 2023. Once established, these vegetated landscapes are expected to be sustained by natural water flows and precipitation resident to the area.

Salton Sea Region Receives $57 Million in State Funding for New and Revitalized Parks

Secretary Wade Crowfoot meets with community members near the site of the new park in Thermal on December 9.Communities in the Salton Sea region are receiving $57 million in grant funding for new and revitalized parks as part of the state’s largest-ever single investment in improving access to parks and open spaces.

Awarded through the Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Grant Program, the grants will deliver six new parks in Imperial and Riverside Counties and revitalize two existing ones.

The competitive grant program is part of the Governor Newsom Administration’s “California Outdoors for All” initiative to expand equitable access to the outdoors in underserved communities across California.

New parks will be created in Calipatria, Heber, Cathedral City, Coachella, Indio, Thermal and Banning. Improvements will be made at Gomez Park in the City of El Centro. Renovations to Patterson Park in the City of Riverside are also funded.Secretary Wade Crowfoot at Thermal Park.

“These funding awards are a huge deal for Californians. Creating new parks across the state – including in many communities currently without adequate outdoor public space – will make a real, lasting difference in the lives of young people and all residents,” said California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot. “It’s one more way the Governor and Legislature are working to improve the lives of all Californians.”

The Outdoors for All initiative is focused on equitably expanding outdoor access to all Californians through focused investments in open space infrastructure, outdoor programming, and improvements to state systems.

Community Engagement Committee to Meet Nov. 9 – El Comité de Participación Comunitaria se reunirá el 9 de noviembre

Salton Sea Management Program Update – November 3, 2021

The Community Engagement Committee of the Salton Sea Management Program meets November 9, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. for an online meeting on Zoom.

At this meeting the committee will discuss projected engagement opportunities for the coming months and identify areas of collaboration to engage in a robust outreach strategy.

Meeting Agenda

Presentation Materials

When: Nov 9, 2021 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time

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The committee meets regularly to coordinate outreach and engagement strategies for upcoming public community meetings. The state’s Salton Sea team collaborates with the Community Engagement Committee to ensure that proper and effective outreach methods are intentionally used to reach and engage the frontline communities of the Salton Sea region.

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El Comité de Participación Comunitaria se reunirá el 9 de noviembre

El Comité de Participación Comunitaria del Programa de Gestión del Salton Sea se reunirá el 9 de noviembre de 2021, a la 1:00 pm, para una junta en línea en Zoom.

En esta reunión, el comité debatirá las oportunidades de participación proyectadas para los próximos meses e identificará áreas de colaboración para participar en una sólida estrategia de difusión.

 

Cuando: 9 de noviembre del 2021, a la 1:00 p.m. Hora del Pacífico

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Código de conferencia: 787909

El comité se reúne regularmente para coordinar las estrategias de difusión y participación para las próximas reuniones públicas de la comunidad. El equipo estatal del Salton Sea colabora con el Comité de Participación Comunitaria para garantizar que se utilicen intencionadamente métodos de difusión adecuados y eficaces para llegar a las comunidades de la región del Salton Sea y conseguir su participación.

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Message from Wade Crowfoot, Secretary, Natural Resources Agency

The California Natural Resources Agency is committed to improving conditions for the people who live near the Salton Sea. We are working with our federal, state and local partners to accelerate progress on the Salton Sea Management Program’s 10-year plan. We support a transparent process with clearly defined goals and measurable objectives aligned with available fiscal and hydrological resources. Progress made by the program is overseen by the State Water Resources Control Board and the California Air Resources Board.

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