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.


2024 Salton Sea Workshop Recordings Now Available

The State Water Resources Control Board held its Annual Salton Sea Workshop on May 22 at the CalEPA Building in Sacramento. Remote viewing locations in Calipatria and Bombay Beach and a virtual viewing option were provided.

The recordings of both days of the workshop as well as the presentation slides are now available on the Water Boards Salton Sea Website in English and Spanish

Community Meetings on 2024 SSMP Annual Report

SSMP Community Meetings are set for May 8, 9, and 10

The SSMP team is hosting two in-person meetings and a virtual Zoom meeting on its 2024 Annual Report. Join us at one of the upcoming community meetings to learn more about what’s happening at the Salton Sea and how you can get involved.

Get an overview of the recently released 2024 SSMP Annual Report and learn more about restoration projects underway at the Sea. Learn about the SSMP Project Tracker and connect with the SSMP team to ask your questions and provide feedback.

Spanish interpretation will be provided. Habrá interpretación al español.
All community members are welcome!

May 8, in-person:

Brawley Union High School
480 N. Imperial Ave, Brawley, CA 92227
Wednesday, May 8, 2024, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

May 9, in-person:

Coachella Library
1500 6th Street, Coachella, CA 92236
Thursday, May 9, 2024, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

May 10, Virtual meeting on Zoom:

+1 (669) 444-9171
Friday, May 10, 2024 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Click here to view the meeting recording

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Message from Wade Crowfoot, Secretary, Natural Resources Agency

Headshot of Wade Crowfoot with a forest in the background. Wade has short hair, Wade is smiling, and is wearing a light purple dress shirt. 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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