SSMP Milestones

Draft Salton Sea Long-Range Plan Released

for Public Comment

Salton Sea Long-Range Plan ImageThe Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP) has posted its Draft Salton Sea Long-Range Plan for public review and comment.Developed with support from Tribal leadership, community-based organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies, the draft plan identifies concepts for long-term restoration of the Sea beyond the scope of the SSMP’s Phase 1: 10-Year Plan.

The goal of the plan is to protect or improve air quality, water quality, and wildlife habitat to prevent or reduce health and environmental consequences anticipated from the long-term recession of the Salton Sea.

A Spanish version of the draft plan will be available in early January on the SSMP website. The posting of the Spanish version will begin a 45-day comment period. Comments may be sent via email to SaltonSeaLRP@resources.ca.gov, or via regular mail to the California Natural Resources Agency, Attn: Salton Sea Long-Range Plan Review, 715 P Street, 20th Floor Sacramento, CA 95814.

Once the plan is finalized, the long-range planning effort will transition to an environmental review process led by a federal partnering agency. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will undertake this process in partnership with the Salton Sea Management Program and the Salton Sea Authority through the Imperial Streams Salton Sea and Tributaries Feasibility Study.

In the future, there will continue to be multiple opportunities to provide comments and input to shape and enhance the plan for future actions at the Sea. A Public Scoping period will provide opportunities for tribes, community members, responsible agencies, regional public agencies, and interested parties to comment on: locations, capacities, and operations of new structures and facilities to evaluate in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS); alternatives to evaluate in the EIR/EIS; impacts and mitigation to evaluate in the EIR/EIS; and other issues that the lead agency should consider for the EIR/EIS.

The Long-Range Plan is being developed as a second phase beyond the Phase 1: 10-year Plan projects that aim to improve conditions by constructing 30,000 acres of habitat and dust suppression projects by the year 2028, which will establish at least 14,900 acres of aquatic habitat, with the purpose of suppressing dust emissions and improving ecological conditions at the Salton Sea.

Local, State and Federal Agencies to Partner in Feasibility Study for Long-Term Restoration of the Salton Sea

Firmantes de un Acuerdo de Costos Compartidos

Signatories of a Cost-Share Agreement: G. Patrick O’Dowd, Executive Director/ General Manager, Salton Sea Authority (Left); Col. Julie Balten, Commander, Los Angeles District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (center); Cindy Messer, Lead Deputy Director, California Department of Water Resources (Right).

 

The Salton Sea Management Program, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District and the Salton Sea Authority have signed an agreement launching a study aimed at identifying projects and actions for the long-term restoration of the Salton Sea. A Cost-Share Agreement was signed at a recent ceremony at the North Shore Yacht Club in Mecca on December 16.

The Corps has received funding to initiate and complete the Imperial Streams Salton Sea and Tributaries Feasibility Study, which will investigate and recommend projects and/or actions to contribute to improved public health and potential environmental restoration opportunities for communities around the Salton Sea.

The study will build on the Salton Sea Management Program’s Long-Range Plan document, released as a draft for public comment on December 15. The cost-share agreement brings together a diverse set of skills and experience from the three agencies and creates a framework for working collaboratively. Additionally, the agreement could potentially lead to significant additional investments for the long-term restoration of the Salton Sea.

Salton Sea Monitoring Implementation Plan Completed

Salton Sea Monitoring Implementation Plan Cover ImageDeveloped in collaboration with the SSMP Science Committee, the Monitoring Implementation Plan (MIP) is a regional-scale monitoring plan for the Salton Sea ecosystem. It describes monitoring activities to measure conditions of water, air quality, land cover, biological resources, and socioeconomics. The MIP provides a framework for future project-scale monitoring plans and identifies and prioritizes filling of existing data gaps. It also promotes practices to best store, manage, and make monitoring data publicly available in a timely manner.

Working groups were formed to provide input and review of early drafts of the MIP in July-August 2021. Invited members to these working groups included key Salton Sea experts and stakeholders in several resource areas: hydrology and water quality; air quality and geography (land cover); biological resources; socioeconomics; and data management. The Draft MIP was released at a public workshop in February 2022 to solicit input and comments from the public and the SSMP Science Committee. The Science Committee’s comments were reviewed by the working groups in July-August 2022 and considered in preparation of the 2022 final MIP. The MIP is a living document that can be updated in future to respond to the changing ecosystem and management needs of the Salton Sea.

A copy of the MIP can be found here. La version es español del MIP se encuentra aquí.

Upcoming SSMP Engagement Opportunities and Salton Sea Events

Respond to the Salton Sea

Community Amenities Survey Today!

In recognition of the need for greater investments in communities in the Salton Sea region, CNRA is supporting the development of a Community Amenities Strategy document. The goal of the document is to identify community amenities that can be undertaken within SSMP projects, as well as to identify additional broader regional needs that fall outside the scope of the SSMP. The Community Amenities Strategy will focus on core strategies related to recreation and equitable access, climate resilience, education and programming, transportation, broadband access, public health, and workforce.

Community feedback is integral to the formation of the Salton Sea Community Amenities Strategy to ensure the document reflects the needs of communities at and around the Sea. This month and through January, Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) and Better World Group (BWG) are conducting a survey to collect responses from residents around the Salton Sea. Results from this survey will help inform a strategy that includes recommendations for how to incorporate community needs into restoration efforts at the Sea and identify opportunities for meaningful investments and policies change outside of the scope of the SSMP. The English survey is linked here. La encuesta en español se encuentra aquí. Survey respondents will receive $10 for completing this 5-minute survey. Feel free to share the survey with your respective organizations, community partners, and community residents.

In the coming weeks, KDI and BWG will also be hosting workshops and engagement activities at local community events to collect input, advice, and ideas from residents, in both Riverside and Imperial Counties. Community members with ideas on events to attend, community residents that should be part of focus group work, or who want to be involved are encouraged to contact Daniel Garcia at daniel@kounkuey.org.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

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SSMP Deputy Assistant Secretary, Mario Llanos presenting at Calipatria High School library on December 7.

The Salton Sea Management Program team thanks each of you for your continued participation, support, and engagement on the Salton Sea. We thank all of those who are actively engaged in the multiple spaces that the SSMP has created for partners and community members to help contribute to achieving substantial progress for restoration of the Salton Sea ecosystem.

With over 30 engagement opportunities throughout 2022, we acknowledge and appreciate the active interest and participation from tribal representatives, members of the SSMP Committees, and community members of the Salton Sea region. Online public meetings included the Community Engagement Committee, the Science Committee, the Long -Range Plan Committee, public meetings from our partners for the Environmental Assessment of the 10-Year Plan Projects, and most recently, the first in-person SSMP Community Meeting on December 7, 2022 at the Calipatria High School library.

The SSMP team is looking forward to a productive 2023 to continue to enhance the presence in the community as well as creating spaces for continued collaboration and community participation.

Local, State and Federal Agencies to Partner in Feasibility Study for Long-Term Restoration of the Salton Sea

Cost-Share Agreement Signed at Event at the Sea

SALTON SEA, Calif. – The Salton Sea Management Program, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Los Angeles District, and the Salton Sea Authority today signed an agreement launching a study aimed at identifying projects and actions for the long-term restoration of the Salton Sea.

The Corps has received funding to initiate and complete the Imperial Streams Salton Sea and Tributaries Feasibility Study, which will investigate and recommend projects and/or actions to contribute to improved public health and potential environmental restoration opportunities for communities around the Salton Sea.

The study will build on the Salton Sea Management Program’s Long-Range Plan document, released as a draft for public comment on December 15. The cost-share agreement brings together a diverse set of skills and experience from the three agencies and creates a framework for working collaboratively. Additionally, the agreement could potentially lead to significant additional investments for the long-term restoration of the Salton Sea.

The Draft Salton Sea Long-Range Plan was developed with support from Tribal leadership, community-based organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies. The draft long-range plan organizes public input into a framework that provides a foundation for the feasibility study and associated environmental review process.

“This study will help chart a path forward toward the long-term restoration of the Salton Sea,” said Wade Crowfoot, California Natural Resources Secretary. “It will identify projects to improve conditions at the Sea and opens the possibility of new federal funding to deliver these projects. We’re grateful to the Army Corps of Engineers and the Salton Sea Authority for their partnership and look forward to more community engagement to help inform this effort.”

“This is an opportunity to develop viable and innovative solutions, in collaboration with our partners, for the Salton Sea community and its surrounding area,” said Col. Julie Balten, commander of the Corps’ Los Angeles District. “We are excited to sign the agreement as it solidifies our commitment to this community and its people to gather information, define problems and opportunities, and potentially recommend federal restoration projects at the Salton Sea.”

“DWR and CNRA are excited about this opportunity to collaborate with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Salton Sea Authority, Tribal groups, and other partners on long-term solutions for the Salton Sea in ways that benefit ecosystems and local communities,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth.

The Salton Sea, California’s largest lake, is facing multiple challenges. With decreased inflow, the lake is shrinking and rising in salinity. As a result, thousands of acres of lakebed are being exposed and habitat has become greatly diminished. In recent years, water transfers have been the primary cause for reduced inflow. With historic drought in the seven states that are part of the Colorado River Basin and increasing demand on the Colorado River, which also feeds the Salton Sea, an acceleration of adverse conditions is expected in the future. Local, state, federal and Tribal agencies are committed to addressing the challenges in the near- and long-term future, in ways that benefit the environment, wildlife and local communities.

A resolution of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, 114th Congress, authorized the Secretary of the Army to investigate and recommend improvements for flood-risk management, ecosystem restoration and other water- and land-related resources, with a view toward restoration and protection of the environment, and improvements to public health and safety for the Salton Sea and its tributaries in Riverside, Imperial, and San Diego counties.

Pictures and video from the signing ceremony can be found here.

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SSMP Project Spotlight – November 2022

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New River Diversion Structure Under Construction as Part of the Species Conservation Habitat Project

The New River diversion structure (star icon) is a major component of the Species Conservation Habitat Project. Completion of this feature signifies a major milestone for the project.

The Species Conservation Habitat (SCH) Project, spanning the New River at the southern end of the Salton Sea, will create a network of ponds and wetlands to provide important fish and bird habitat while suppressing dust emissions to improve regional air quality as the Salton Sea continues to recede. On schedule for completion in 2023, the 4,100-acre SCH is the first of many projects the Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP) team will implement as part of the SSMP Phase 1: 10-Year Plan.

The New River diversion structure is a major component of the overall SCH Project. It will allow water diversion into the habitat ponds. The East and West Sluiceways will allow the water coming from the New River to flow north into the Salton Sea. The Labyrinth weir will allow the New River water to rise and a portion of it will flow by gravity to the New River West and East Intake Structures. The mixing occurs between the weir and the sedimentation basins at the mixing basins. Saline water from the Salton Sea is pumped in from the Saline Pump Station located at the north end of the Causeway into the mixing basins. The mixed water (from the New River and from the Salton Sea) will then flow by gravity to the sedimentation basins and then to the habitat ponds. The New River diversion structure is also a flood control structure that will allow for water to go through without compromising the integrity of the project.

During the first phase of construction of the diversion structure, material placement and removal was completed for ground improvement. Then followed by excavation and embankment, installation of sheet piles, and the concrete and rebar installation for the weir structure. The New River Diversion Structure is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2022.

Construction of the SCH Project is expected to continue through the end of 2023.

 

A few weeks ago, SSMP partners from Audubon California published a blog post that narrates their recent experience at the SCH Project site. “We were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves counting thousands upon thousands of Black-necked Stilts, Long-billed Curlews, Least and Western Sandpipers…”

Click here to read Audubon’s blog post: https://ca.audubon.org/news/shorebirds-flock-salton-sea


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SSMP Team Employee Spotlight

The California Natural Resources Agency, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are implementing the Salton Sea Management Program to address air quality and ecological threats at the Salton Sea. These agencies are collectively known as the SSMP team.

In this edition, we are putting Miguel Hernández in the spotlight to share more about his important work, as part of the SSMP Team.

Hernández is the Public Affairs Officer at the California Natural Resources Agency for the for the Salton Sea Management Program. He has been serving in this role since September of 2021.

  • Hi Miguel, can you tell us a bit more about your role at the SSMP?

Hola, my role is to provide effective public communications for the SSMP program. Leading the Outreach and Communications office to communicate activities, priorities, and progress happening for the SSMP, including its restoration projects. As part of the SSMP leadership, continue prioritizing community involvement so local input can better shape the work of the SSMP. Part of my role is to support the work of the SSMP Community Engagement Committee, in collaboration with the Committee co-chairs to achieve meaningful community engagement and utilize effective outreach strategies to connect with communities. I’ve had the fortune of been a part of the Community Engagement Committee years before joining the SSMP team.

  • What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

I enjoy engaging with SSMP partners, community-based organization, non-governmental organizations, community members. My job requires that I work in close collaboration with others to advance environmental justice priorities, bringing people together to achieve collective goals and identify effective ways to meet our objectives.

  • What inspired you to seek a career in communications and public outreach?

I was always part of school extracurricular activities that required significant public interaction. I also served in church programs that allowed me to learn from my community. I believe this is the baseline for my interest in communicating and interacting with folks around me.

Years after graduating, I found an opportunity to work with a grassroots organization in Imperial County. My work here required me to coordinate communications and media relations for the organization, including conducting community outreach for multiple programs. I led the Salton Sea Community Outreach, Education, and Engagement program intending to inform the hard-to-reach communities of the Salton Sea region. This opportunity allowed me to have close conversations with community members, learning that there is a ton of information that is not reaching these communities and that the Salton Sea is another item in a list of the multiple concerns in the area. I joined the State SSMP team inspired to communicate accurately and transparently with the people of my community.

  • What is your vision for the future of the Salton Sea?

I’m confident that if we continue to work in collaboration, not only the SSMP will achieve its commitments, but we will be able to achieve those collective goals that better serve the communities of the Salton Sea region. There are still significant challenges ahead of us, perhaps uncertainties too, but my vision for the Salton Sea is one with a positive outcome that prioritizes community concerns and preserves habitat value for the Sea.

  • Thanks Miguel!

The State is Recruiting Two Candidates to Join the SSMP Team

The Department of Water Resources is seeking applicants for a Budget Analyst to work with the SSMP.

The Budget Analyst works independently performing a wide variety of challenging and complex analytical and administrative tasks, as well as working closely with program managers on budget planning and tracking and grant contract development and invoicing for the Salton Sea Program.

The final filing date is November 18. The job announcement may be found at https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=326086

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking applicants for Senior Environmental Scientist with the SSMP.

Under the general supervision, the Senior Environmental Scientist serves as scientific and regulatory lead for the CDFW Salton Sea Program and independently identifies problems, develops courses of action, conducts critical scientific investigations, prepares guidance, policy, planning, and regulatory documents, and legislative proposals and analysis. The incumbent requires a broad understanding of natural resources, conservation, and environmental laws, including aquatic ecology, fisheries, and water quality, and habitat structure affecting fish and bird health and abundance. This position is seeking applicants from any of the following counties: Riverside, Imperial, San Bernardino, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Joaquin, or Orange County.

The final filing date is November 15. The job announcement may be found at: https://www.jobs.ca.gov/CalHRPublic/Search/JobSearchResults.aspx#kw=Salton%20Sea%20Management

Job opportunities to join the SSMP team are updated regularly. Click here to view available jobs.


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UPDATE: SSMP Science Committee Meeting Set for December 1

The SSMP Science Committee will meet on December 1 for a virtual meeting on Zoom. The Committee will present a public update on the Monitoring Implementation Plan and provide informational background on the Monitoring and Adaptive Management Plan (MAMP) for the SSMP’s SCH Project.

SSMP Science Committee Meeting

When: Dec 1, 2022, 1:00 p.m.

Please click this link to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85404503973

Or Dial: +1 (646) 931 3860

Webinar ID: 854 0450 3973

This meeting will be recorded and uploaded to the SSMP website. Spanish Interpretation will be available. Habrá interpretación en español.

The Science Committee provides scientific review of various plans being developed for resource management at the Salton Sea. The committee is composed of scientists with specialized expertise in key resources (hydrology and water quality, geography, air quality, biological resources, and socioeconomics) related to the Salton Sea and/or experience with the application of scientific data to environmental management.

SSMP Update Community Meeting set for December 7

The SSMP team will provide an informational program update on a hybrid meeting on December 7 at 5:30 p.m. Attendees may participate in person at Calipatria High School Library located at 601 W Main St, Calipatria, CA 92233, or join virtually using the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81967335579

SSMP Update Community Meeting

When: Dec 7, 2022, 05:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

In person location: Calipatria High School Library, 601 W Main St, Calipatria, CA 92233

Please click this link to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81967335579

Or Dial: +1 360 209 5623

Webinar ID: 819 6733 5579

This meeting will be recorded and uploaded to the SSMP website. Spanish Interpretation will be available. Habrá interpretación en español.

Meeting materials and other documents will be uploaded to the SSMP website. For questions or comments, please contact: Cnra-saltonsea@resources.ca.gov.


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SSMP Project Spotlight North Lake Pilot Demonstration Project

October 2022 – Bringing you timely and concise updates on the Salton Sea Management Program

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The Project will be located at the north end of the Salton Sea, in Riverside County near the unincorporated community of North Shore.

The Salton Sea Authority (SSA) and Riverside County are working to implement the North Lake Pilot Demonstration Project. When complete, the North Lake Pilot Demonstration Project will construct an approximately 156-acre lake to provide both shallow and deep-water habitat near the North Shore Beach & Yacht Club Community Center in North Shore. The lake is planned to restore and manage habitat for fish and birds, control dust, and provide recreational opportunities.

In April 2021, the project received a $19.25 million Proposition 68 grant from the California Department of Water Resources on behalf of the Salton Sea Management Program. Over the summer, Riverside County approved a two-year agreement with Dudek Consulting for design and engineering services for the Project.

The next community meeting for this project will be on Saturday, October 15 at 1:00 p.m. on Zoom. More information on this meeting can be found here below in the events section.

Riverside County has launched a Web page for the project, https://rivco.org/community/salton-sea-north-lake-pilot-demonstration-project, with more information on the conceptual plans and outreach meetings on the project.


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SSMP Team Employee Spotlight

The California Natural Resources Agency, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are implementing the Salton Sea Management Program to address air quality and ecological threats at the Salton Sea. These agencies are collectively known as the SSMP team.

In this edition, we are putting Evon Willhoff in the spotlight to share more about her important work, as part of the SSMP Team.

Willhoff is a Program Manager DWR, where she has worked for the past 10 years, including three years of that time with the Salton Sea Management Program.

  • Hi Evon, can you tell us a bit more about your role at the SSMP?

Currently, my role is to work with Tribal and Federal governments, local agencies, non-profits, community-based organizations, and the public to plan and implement SSMP projects. Nearly my entire time with DWR, I’ve worked on projects based in the Coachella Valley region. Before working at DWR, I worked for over five years with the Planning and Conservation League in their Water Program to advocate for policies and legislation on behalf of the environment and marginalized communities.

  • What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

I enjoy working with people…especially in the context of protecting an environmental resource or a unique place (Like the Salton Sea) for future generations. I like hearing what the community cares about and what concerns them. I enjoy bringing people and resources together to figure out how we can best reach collective goals and objectives.

  • What inspired you to seek a career in implementing and managing ecological restoration projects?

Honestly, I fell into this path, but what brought me here was a course I took in college on California water and policy, followed by an advanced field course that required hiking and backpacking out into watersheds and environmental restoration projects. These experiences allowed me to view other opportunities and changed the expectation of what my life could be. I had found something I wanted to spend my time doing. Shortly after graduating, I began working for an environmental non-profit on water. This work focused on protecting our coast, lakes, rivers, and streams, including safe and affordable drinking water. After working with this non-profit, I came to work for the state. I wanted to work within government to progress my same values, but in a different way.

  • What is your vision for the future of the Salton Sea?

My vision for the Sea includes improving the quality of life for adjacent communities and businesses while also preserving the habitat value and the uniqueness of the region. It’s going to be challenging, but I think many have similar goals, and we will have to be creative and innovative in how we can bring the vision to reality.

  • Thank you Evon!

The State is Recruiting Candidates for Four Positions to Join the SSMP Team

The Department of Water Resources is seeking applicants for a supervising engineer, two senior engineer positions, and a Budget Analyst with the Salton Sea Management Program.

The Supervising Engineer is responsible for directing staff and consultants within the Salton Sea Management Program forthe administration and inspection of construction work for the Department at the Salton Sea.  The Supervising Engineer will also be responsible for coordination with and oversight of Operations and Maintenance Activities by project partners as portions of the project construction are completed.

The final filing date is October 28, 2022. The job announcement may be found at https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=326073

The Senior Contract Engineer performs field inspections and contract administration to ensure that construction contracts and other assigned facilities under the SSMP are completed on schedule and in accordance with plans and specifications.

The final filing date is October 28, 2022. The job announcement may be found at https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=326130

The Senior Field Engineer performs engineering design, drafting, and field inspection to ensure that construction contracts managed by the Salton Sea Project Headquarters for the Department and other assigned facilities under the SSMP are completed on schedule and per specifications.

The final filing date is October 28, 2022. The job announcement may be found at https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=326136

The Budget Analyst works independently performing a wide variety of challenging and complex analytical and administrative tasks, as well as working closely with program managers on budget planning and tracking and grant contract development and invoicing for the Salton Sea Program.

The final filing date is October 17, 2022. The job announcement may be found at https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=326086

If you are a self-motivated, service-minded, and a hardworking professional interested in joining a dynamic team that is dedicated to helping the Salton Sea Program apply today!

Exams and Job opportunities to join the SSMP team are updated regularly on CalCareers.


Upcoming SSMP Engagement Opportunities and Salton Sea Events

Partner Event: Next Community Meeting on the North Lake Pilot Demonstration Project on October 15

On October 15, Riverside County and the Salton Sea Authority will hold a community meeting on the North Lake Pilot Demonstration Project from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Participants will hear updates on the status of the project and will have an opportunity to share feedback and ask questions. The meeting will be held in person at Desert Mirage High School in Thermal, as well as virtually via Zoom. Spanish interpretation will be available. Habrá interpretación al español.

Click here to join meeting

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Passcode: 20221015

Haga click aquí para acceder a la reunion en español

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Partner Event: Salton Sea Action Committee will host a Stakeholder meeting on October 21

The Salton Sea Action Committee invites members of the public to participate at their next Salton Sea Stakeholder meeting in person at the Fantasy Springs Casino Boardroom on October 21, at 9:00 am.

More information about this meeting can be found on their website: www.saltonseaactioncommittee.org.

SSMP Long-Range Plan Committee to Meet on November 2

The Long-Range Plan Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 2, at 9:30 a.m. for a virtual meeting on Zoom to discuss updates and receive feedback on the development of the Long-Range Plan. Spanish interpretation will be available. Habrá interpretación al español.

SSMP Long-Range Plan Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 2 at 9:30 a.m.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88165475219

Dial: +1 346 248 7799

Webinar ID: 88165475219

SSMP Community Engagement Committee to Meet on November 3

The SSMP Community Engagement Committee will meet on November 3 at 10:00 a.m. for a virtual meeting on Zoom. Spanish Interpretation will be available. Habrá interpretación en español.

SSMP Community Engagement Committee Meeting

Thursday, November 3 at 10:00 a.m.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89562922825

Dial: +1 719 359 4580

Webinar ID:  895 6292 2825

SAVE THE DATE: SSMP Science Committee Meeting Tentatively set for November 16

The SSMP Science Committee is tentatively planned to meet on November 16 for a virtual meeting on Zoom. More details for this meeting are forthcoming.

SSMP Meetings materials and other documents will be uploaded to the SSMP website. For questions or comments, please contact: Cnra-saltonsea@resources.ca.gov.

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SSMP Project Updates — Recent Rain Events Send Stormwater into Vegetation Enhancement Projects

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September 2022

Bringing you timely and concise updates on the Salton Sea Management Program

A series of rain events, including the remnants of Hurricane Kay, sent water into three vegetation enhancement project sites along the shoreline of the Salton Sea. Design features aimed at spreading stormwater over the project sites worked effectively, and damage was minimal.
Stormwater spreading features embedded in the projects help naturally irrigate the vegetation and are designed to contribute to the success of the projects.The SSMP is implementing the vegetation enhancement projects in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation near communities around the Salton Sea. The projects cover approximately 1,700 acres and are located near the communities of Salton City and Bombay Beach. The projects aim to establish and enhance native vegetation on the exposed lakebed to reduce wind-blown dust and improve habitat value for desert wildlife. Planting and seeding are scheduled to restart this fall as the weather cools and will continue until vegetation communities are established across all three sites.


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Assistant Secretary for Salton Sea Policy Arturo Delgado Retires from State Service

Arturo Delgado, Assistant Secretary for Salton Sea Policy at the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA), has retired from state service as of August 31. Since his appointment by Governor Gavin Newsom nearly three years ago, Delgado led the SSMP team to achieve significant progress at the Salton Sea including: breaking ground on the largest restoration project in the Sea’s history; starting important vegetation management work on exposed lakebed; and increasing organizational capacity to meet the growing demands for restoration projects at the Salton Sea.

Delgado served as a key advisor to the Secretary of Natural Resources on Salton Sea policy and led the team charged with ecosystem restoration and addressing air quality and ecological threats at the Salton Sea. Before his role as the Assistant Secretary for Salton Sea policy at CNRA, he served as Salton Sea program manager at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). From 2010 to 2018, he held several leadership positions at the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), including a district ranger at the San Bernardino National Forest. Before working at the USFS, Delgado held several positions at CDFW.

“Arturo has been integral to advancing the state’s commitments at the Salton Sea,” California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot said. “His knowledge, leadership, and deep commitment to making progress helped us break through delays and begin the important work of delivering projects on the ground. We owe Arturo a debt of gratitude for his hard work and vision, and wish him the best as he transitions into retirement.”

The SSMP team remains focused on continued progress while Delgado’s successor is selected. The SSMP team can be reached on the CNRA Salton Sea contact email:

cnra-saltonsea@resources.ca.gov.


SSMP Team Employee Spotlight

The California Natural Resources Agency, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are implementing the Salton Sea Management Program to address air quality and ecological threats at the Salton Sea. These agencies are collectively known as the SSMP team.

In this edition, we are putting Charley Land in the spotlight to share more about his important work as part of the SSMP Team.

Land is a supervising Senior Environmental Scientist with the SSMP at CDFW, where he has worked out of the Bermuda Dunes office in Riverside County for the past 10 years. Prior to being promoted to his current role, Land served as regulatory and scientific lead with the Salton Sea Management Program.

  • Hi Charley, can you tell us a bit more about your role at the SSMP?

I supervise the CDFW Salton Sea Program Team. Our team collaborates with DWR and CNRA in the implementation of the Salton Sea Management Program through permitting, contributing to project design, performing biological surveys, and providing expertise within our field. My role includes consultation, coordination, scheduling, and logistics, and I am both honored and pleased to be part of such an excellent multidisciplinary SSMP team.

  • What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

Project design. To be able to put over three decades of field experience into the design of new habitat restoration projects is a very rewarding experience.

  • What inspired you to learn more about geology and wildlife?

I was always scientifically inclined and motivated to work with natural resources. I fell in love with the desert about a quarter century ago. The desert provides clarity about the importance of water. Here in the desert, where water is a very limited resource, you can truly see how life revolves around the availability of water.

  • What is your vision for the future of the Salton Sea?

I would be lying if I said there will not be challenges ahead. However, I do believe we can optimize our use of the available resources by working collaboratively with our partner entities, the communities of the Salton Sea, and academia. Together we can make a difference, but the Salton Sea of the future may not look the same as the Salton Sea of the past. We need to be innovative and expand our understanding of this changing ecosystem to let the nature itself show us a path forward.

  • Thank you Charley!

Join the SSMP Team!

The Department of Water Resources is seeking applicants for an Associate Governmental Program Analyst position with the Salton Sea Management Program.

The final filing date is September 26. The job announcement may be found at https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=326086

DWR’s Salton Sea Program is looking for a forward thinking, energetic, collaborative, dedicated, self-initiating and friendly person to work with the Salton Sea Management Program to track, report, process and control expenditures, encumbrances and budgets within the Department’s Software and Tracking Systems.  The position will be working closely with program managers on budget planning and tracking and grant contract development and invoicing for the Salton Sea Program. The position requires collaboration with other administrative staff in the Division or Department.

If you are a self-motivated, service-minded, and a hardworking professional interested in joining a dynamic team that is dedicated to helping the Salton Sea Program apply today!

SSMP Jobs & Exams are updated regularly on CalCareers.


Upcoming SSMP Engagement Opportunities and Events

Independent Review Panel to Release Feasibility Analysis and Summary Report Later this Month

The Independent Review Panel assessing the feasibility of water importation into the Salton Sea will present its feasibility analysis and summary report at a meeting on September 30.

The feasibility report provides a detailed analysis of the technical and economic feasibility of importation concepts. The summary report describes the overall review process, including the Panel’s major findings, and recommendations. The meeting will be facilitated by the Panel’s Support team and attended by Panel members. Spanish interpretation will be available. Habrá interpretación al español.

Salton Sea Independent Review Panel Public Meeting

Feasibility Report | Summary Report
Friday, September 30, at 5:30 p.m.

https://ucsc.zoom.us/j/93486540205?pwd=Zk1HWVFra0wzaWdUaUxVL25wcVpvZz09#success

If you have any questions, please send them to the public input channel

(sslt-eval-input@ucsc.edu).


SSMP Long-Range Plan Committee to Meet on October 12

The Long-Range Plan Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 12, at 9:30 a.m. for a virtual meeting on Zoom to discuss updates and receive feedback on the development of the Long-Range Plan. Spanish interpretation will be available. Habrá interpretación al español.

SSMP Long-Range Plan Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 12 at 9:30 a.m.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89578766476

Or join us by phone

Dial: 1 (669) 900 6833

Webinar ID: 895 7876 6476

Meeting materials and other documents will be uploaded to the SSMP website. For questions or comments, please contact: Cnra-saltonsea@resources.ca.gov.

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The Salton Sea e-Newsletter Update is issued the second week of each month to deliver up-to-date information on the Salton Sea Management Program. For questions or comments, please contact: Cnra-saltonsea@resources.ca.gov.

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715 P Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

SSMP Project Updates

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August 2022 – Bringing you timely and concise updates on the Salton Sea Management Program

Species Conservation Habitat Project is Now 60% Complete

Structure at the Species Conservation Habitat Project

Construction of the Saline Pump Station at the end of the Causeway is ongoing.​

Major construction activities continue full steam ahead at the SSMP’s 4,100-acre Species Conservation Habitat (SCH) Project which is located at the southern end of the Salton Sea. The SCH project is the state’s first large-scale habitat restoration project that will create a network of ponds and provide important fish and bird habitat while also suppressing dust emissions to protect regional air quality.

Even as work continues, endangered desert pupfish and a broad range of bird species already are actively using the new habitat created with completion of the interception ditch last year.

The following are key recent accomplishments:

  • Project design has been completed and construction is 60% complete.
  • All perimeter berms of the habitat ponds are 90% complete.
  • Bird nesting and loafing Islands are 75% complete.
  • Work on the saline intake, northern berm, and New River intake are ongoing.

The project is on schedule and is expected to be completed in 2023

Forward Progress Continues on the Vegetation Enhancement Projects at the Salton Sea

Plant at Project Site

This Iodine Bush seedling was planted last spring at the Clubhouse site. Iodine Bush is one of several plant species being planted to establish native desert vegetation communities.

In partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the SSMP continues work on the three vegetation enhancement projects near communities around the Salton Sea. The projects cover approximately 1,700 acres and are located near the communities of Salton City and Bombay Beach. The projects aim to establish and enhance native vegetation on the exposed lakebed to create habitat for desert wildlife and reduce wind-blown dust.

These projects consist of initial physical site modification through placement of grass bales or construction of swales and berms to protect and facilitate plant growth and improve plant survival rates followed by seeding and/or planting of native vegetation. Three vegetation establishment methods will be used including natural recruitment, seeding, and planting.

Construction began in 2021 and initial bale placement and site modifications has been completed at the Clubhouse and West Bombay Beach sites. In addition, planting and seeding on approximately 35 acres was completed last spring at the Clubhouse site. Work at the Tule Wash project site began in July 2022. Planting and seeding are scheduled to restart this fall as the weather cools and will continue until vegetation communities are established across all three sites.

Upcoming SSMP Engagement Opportunities and Events

The SSMP continues to prioritize community involvement and meaningful community engagement in all its projects and processes. The team is coordinating public events to further inform the community about projects around the Salton Sea, transparency in plan development, as well as to create spaces for community members to familiarize themselves with the various processes that are part of the overall SSMP. Links to the meetings and other materials are uploaded to the SSMP website at www.saltonsea.ca.gov.

The SSMP team kindly invites you to join us in the upcoming engagement opportunities:

  • August 23, 2:30 p.m. Community Engagement Committee Meeting – Join Meeting
  • September 1, 5:30 p.m. SSMP Long Range Plan Community Workshop- Join Meeting
  • September 7, 9:30 a.m. Long-Range Plan Committee Meeting – Join Meeting

 Salton Sea Independent Review Panel’s Status Update Meeting Set for September 30

The Independent Review Panel studying water importation concepts to restore California’s Salton Sea will be hosting a virtual public meeting on  Friday, September 30. This meeting will present the results of the Feasibility Analysis and the Summary Report. Please be on the lookout for additional meeting information and documents.

Army Corps of Engineers Extends Public Comment Period on Draft Environmental Assessment to August 20, 2022

Salton Sea Management Update – August 1, 2021

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Also: Upcoming SSMP Engagement Opportunities and Events; SSMP Community Engagement Committee to Meet on August 23; SSMP Community Workshop: Long Range Plan Workshop set for September 1; SSMP Long-Range Plan Committee to Meet on September 7

On June 21, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and the proposed Letter of Permission procedures for the State of California’s Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP) Phase 1: 10-Year Plan. The public review period has been extended to August 20 and comments can still be submitted.

Public comments can be submitted on the Draft EA and proposed Letter of Permission procedures electronically to: splregssmp@usace.army.mil until 5:00 p.m. (PST) on August 20, 2022.

This important comment period is your opportunity to help shape the projects planned for the Salton Sea as part of the SSMP’s 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/.

Upcoming SSMP Engagement Opportunities and Events

The SSMP team continues to place a strong focus on meaningful community engagement throughout the program. The team is coordinating public events to further inform the community about projects around the Salton Sea, as well as to create spaces for community members to familiarize themselves with the processes that are part of the SSMP’s Phase I: 10-Year Plan as well as the Long-Range Plan.

The following are upcoming SSMP engagement opportunities planned over the coming weeks.

SSMP Community Engagement Committee to Meet on August 23

The SSMP Community Engagement Committee will hold a virtual meeting on August 23 at 2:30 p.m.

SSMP Engagement Committee Meeting

Tuesday, August 23 at 2:30 p.m.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88016801572

Or join over the phone by dialing:

Dial: 1 (669) 900 6833

Webinar ID: 880 1680 1572

SSMP Community Workshop: Long Range Plan Workshop set for September 1

The SSMP invites community members, and all interested parties to participate in a virtual Community Workshop on September 1. The team will provide updates on the Long-Range Plan and would like to receive your comments to help develop the Long-Range Plan.

Long-Range Plan Community Workshop

Thursday, September 1 at 5:30 p.m.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87412669300

Or join over the Telephone:

Dial: +1 (253) 215 8782

Webinar ID: 874 1266 9300

SSMP Long-Range Plan Committee to Meet on September 7

The Long-Range Plan Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 7 at 9:30 a.m. for a virtual meeting on Zoom to discuss updates and receive feedback on the development of the Long-Range Plan.

SSMP Long-Range Plan Committee Meeting

Wednesday, September 7 at 9:30 a.m.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83504819444

Or join over the Telephone:

Dial: +1 (346) 248 7799

Webinar ID: 835 0481 9444

 

Links to the meetings and other materials will be uploaded to the SSMP website at www.saltonsea.ca.gov.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact: Cnra-saltonsea@resources.ca.gov.

 

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Independent Review Panel on Water Importation to Hold Informational Meeting on July 20

Salton Sea Management Program Update – July 6, 2022

The Independent Review Panel evaluating proposals for water importation to the Salton Sea will provide an update and present its latest report on July 20, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in a virtual Zoom meeting. The report summarizes de Panel’s fatal flaw analysis for the 13 submissions on water importation still under review.

The meeting will cover:

  • the Panel’s overall activities and where the fatal flaw analysis fits in;
  • the potential fatal flaws the Panel looked for in each submission;
  • the outcomes for all the submissions;
  • what comes next on the Panel’s agenda; and
  • answering your questions.

Independent Review Panel Update

Wednesday, July 20th 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Please click the link below to join the meeting

https://zoom.us/j/93007308543

Meeting ID: 930 0730 8543

Password: 010109

Phone: +1 669 900 6833

Spanish interpretation will be available. Habrá interpretación en español.

The Salton Sea Management Program contracted the University of California, Santa Cruz to establish the Panel and provide research and analytical support. The Panel is tasked with studying submissions to determine whether water importation to the Salton Sea is feasible as part of a long-range plan for the Sea.

If you have any questions, please email sslt-eval-input@ucsc.edu

 

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Long Range Plan Committee Meeting Set for July 6

The Long Range Plan Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for a virtual meeting on Zoom to discuss updates and get feedback on the development of the Long-Range Plan. This meeting will be open to the public and are encouraged to participate during the public comment period.

Agenda in English | Agenda En Español

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://bit.ly/ssmpLRPcommittee
Or join over the Telephone:
Dial: +1 (408) 638 0968
Webinar ID: 896 0918 4276
Passcode: 889483

If you have any questions or comments please contact: Cnra-saltonsea@resources.ca.gov