Army Corps of Engineers releases Draft Environmental Assessment for SSMP 10-Year Plan
Salton Sea Management Update – June 21, 2022
Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and proposed Letter of Permission procedures for the State of California’s Salton Sea Management Program Phase 1: 10-Year Plan (SSMP 10-Year Plan). For more information and to view the official Corps documents please visit: https://www.spl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Projects-Programs/.
As the federal lead agency, the Corps has prepared the Draft EA to analyze and disclose the effects of implementing the SSMP’s 10-Year Plan, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The SSMP 10-Year Plan proposes to implement a total of 29,800 acres of dust suppression and aquatic habitat restoration projects around the perimeter of the Salton Sea. At least 50 percent of the project acreage will be created as habitat for fish and wildlife that depend on the Salton Sea ecosystem and the remainder will be projects to suppress dust. Additionally, the Draft EA includes and evaluates actions by several federal agencies.
Public comments can be submitted on the Draft EA and proposed Letter of Permission procedures electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org until 5:00pm (PST) on July 21, 2022.
In addition, the Corps will host three virtual public meetings to receive comments on the Draft EA and the Letter of Permission Procedures on the following dates and times:
July 7: 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
July 12: 6 to 8 p.m.
Each of the three meetings will be the same and allow community members and stakeholders to provide input and official comments that will help shape the federal decision as to which projects are implemented, what community amenities are included, how potential environmental effects are addressed, and the proposed alternatives to be considered.
This vitally important comment period is your opportunity to help shape the projects coming to the Salton Sea as part of the SSMP’s 10-year Plan.
Spanish interpretation will be provided. Habrá interpretación al español.
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Zoom Link: https://ca-water-gov.zoom.us/j/81408174164
Or join over the phone by dialing:
Teleconference Dial In: 888-278-0296
Access Code: 596019
Meeting ID: 81408174164
Facebook Live in Spanish: @SaltonSeaCOEE page