The Salton Sea Authority is a joint powers agency chartered by the State of California by a Joint Powers Agreement on June 2, 1993 for the purpose of ensuring the beneficial uses of the Salton Sea.
The Authority is comprised of the following cooperating agencies: The Coachella Valley Water District, The Imperial Irrigation District, Riverside County, Imperial County and the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians. A number of federal, state, and tribal agencies are ex-officio members of the Authority.
The Authority was formed to work with California state agencies, federal agencies, and the Republic of Mexico to develop programs that would continue beneficial use of the Salton Sea. In the agreement, "beneficial use" includes the primary purpose of the Sea as a depository for agricultural drainage, storm water and wastewater flows; for protection of endangered species, fisheries and waterfowl; and for recreational purposes.
A Technical Advisory Committee, composed of an individual from each of the four member agencies, provides technical and administrative advice and support to both the Board of Directors and the Authority staff.
The Salton Sea Authority has made a concerted effort to collect all known suggestions for remediation of the Salton Sea and has subjected these proposals to formal review against specified criteria. The Authority also is taking concrete steps in preparing for the detailed planning of a remediation project.