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.

News

SSMP Seeks Information Officer

Salton Sea Management Program Update – June 4, 2021

To strengthen communication with the public about state activities around the Salton Sea, the SSMP seeks to add a communications expert to the team.

The position will conduct a comprehensive communication and public outreach program to help tell the story of SSMP activities, objectives, and priorities. The position can be located in Riverside or Imperial County.

Apply for the Information Officer position by June 11.

Application Deadline Extended for Key Leadership Position

The recruitment period for the deputy assistant secretary, a key SSMP leadership position has been extended to June 14. The deputy assistant secretary will provide essential leadership and coordination of SSMP activities on a variety of policy and science-related issues.

Find details about the positions on the SSMP website.

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Roundtable Discussion on Salton Sea Set for May 25

Salton Sea Management Program Update – May 24, 2021

Join a roundtable discussion Tuesday, May 25, from 1 to 2 p.m., about the Salton Sea’s future, community engagement, and new funding opportunities. The roundtable is organized by Audubon California, Pacific Institute, Comite Civico del Valle and others.

California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot will be part of the roundtable. It will be moderated by the Los Angeles Time’s Sammy Roth. Other panel members featured are Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, State Water Resources Control Board Chair Joaquin Esquivel, and North Shore youth advocate Adriana Torres.

The event will be streamed on Facebook in English at https://www.facebook.com/audubonca.

The event will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube in Spanish at https://fb.me/e/1zi7AZvh5 and also at https://www.youtube.com/user/audubonca.

Recruiting for SSMP Leadership Positions

The SSMP team is recruiting for key positions to help advance the state’s commitment to deliver projects at the Salton Sea.

The California Natural Resources Agency is recruiting for a deputy assistant secretary to provide essential leadership and coordination of SSMP activities on a variety of policy and science-related issues. The position will be located near the Sea in Imperial or Riverside County. The deadline for applications is June 4 and details can be found at the following postings:

https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=251847

https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=252453

https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=252474

https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=252231

In addition, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is recruiting for its Salton Sea program manager. The deadline for applications is June 4.

The career executive assignment (CEA A) is responsible for performing high-level coordination, implementation oversight, and ensuring the Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP) and habitat conservation in and around the Salton Sea meet state policy objectives. The position will act as the CDFW’s lead for the Salton Sea planning effort and will manage budget and personnel resources for the Salton Sea program.

https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=249444

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California Comeback Plan Includes $220 Million for Salton Sea

Salton Sea Management Program Update – May 14, 2021

As part of the biggest economic recovery package in California history, Governor Gavin Newsom’s $100 billion California Comeback Plan proposes $220 million for the Salton Sea to fund projects to improve conditions and provide immediate economic relief to communities in the region.

The funding will bolster the state’s effort to implement the Salton Sea Management Program’s Phase 1: 10-Year Plan, which calls for construction of nearly 30,000 acres of habitat and dust suppression projects on exposed lakebed by 2028. Construction is now underway on a major 4,100-acre habitat project at the southern end of the Sea, and about 750 acres of interim dust suppression projects were completed last year.

The infusion of new funds could enable an additional 4,000 acres of deep-water habitat, 1,000 acres of shallow water habitat, and 3,000 acres of dust suppression projects.

“Governor Newsom’s proposal to significantly expand funding to implement the Salton Sea Management Plan reflects our continued commitment to stabilize and restore the sea,” California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot said. “This work has to happen in partnership with local communities and leaders, and I’m encouraged with our collaboration on several fronts. While we’ve started to make important progress together, we have a lot of work ahead of us and this proposed funding is critical to deliver needed improvements.”

This new funding proposed by the governor is part of his broader climate change response as California roars back in 2021 and beyond.

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Recruitment Extended for Assistant Deputy Director Post

Posted April 30, 2021

The recruitment period has been extended to May 10 for applicants interested in the Assistant Deputy Director position for the Salton Sea Restoration Program.

The Assistant Deputy Director will lead the Department of Water Resource’s Salton Sea team, deliver wetland and dust suppression projects in coordination with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Natural Resources Agency, coordinate across local, state, and federal agencies to support the state’s legal commitments to Salton Sea restoration.

Please access the job posting to view the announcement and duty statement. If you have any questions, please contact Myra Galvez at (916) 653-8735.

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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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