Secretary Crowfoot, State Water Board Chair Esquivel Testify at Congressional Hearing on Federal Support for Salton Sea Projects

Salton Sea Management Program Update – September 29, 2020

Also: Salton Sea Management Program Seeks Applicants for Five Positions in Riverside and Imperial Counties

Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot and State Water Resources Control Board Chair Joaquin Esquivel testified before the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife at a virtual hearing September 24 on federal and state efforts to improve conditions at the Salton Sea.

The hearing focused on ways the federal government can partner with California to invest resources and advance efforts to address air quality impacts and loss of habitat as the Salton Sea recedes and lakebed continues to be exposed.

In his testimony, Secretary Crowfoot emphasized that the federal government – as a major landowner at the Sea – has a critical partnership role to play and urged federal agencies to expand investments at the Sea and support the state’s efforts by expediting permit reviews and approvals for state-led projects.

Chair Esquivel recounted some events and commitments since signing of the 2003 Quantification Settlement Agreement regarding California’s use of Colorado River water and outlined some recommended steps the federal government can take to help aid California’s efforts in improving conditions at the Sea.

Thomas Tortez, Jr., tribal council chairman for the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla and Salton Sea Authority director, also testified at the hearing.

Written testimony and a video recording of the hearing can be found at this link https://naturalresources.house.gov/hearings/federal-and-state-efforts-to-restore-the-salton-sea.

Salton Sea Management Program Seeks Applicants for Five Positions in Riverside and Imperial Counties

The Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP) team is currently recruiting candidates to fill four new positions and one existing vacancy located near the Salton Sea in Riverside and Imperial Counties. The four new posts are among 10 new full-time staff positions for the SSMP authorized in the 2020-21 state budget. The positions are housed within the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA), the Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Department of Water Resources (DWR).

Within CNRA, applicants are being sought for a new Deputy Assistant Secretary (Program Manager II) position, based in Riverside County, that will provide leadership and coordination on the SSMP and represent CNRA and Administration policies with the public and stakeholder groups and interface with federal, state and local agencies, boards, elected officials and tribal governments. The final filing date is October 5. The job announcement may be found at https://jobs.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=217501.

CNRA also is seeking candidates for a new Public Information Officer II position that will be based in Imperial County and lead a new SSMP Office of Outreach and Communication in close coordination with DWR and DFW. Community engagement and outreach will be a key focus. The final filing date is October 5, and the announcement may be found at https://jobs.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=217898.

CDFW is seeking applicants for two new positions with the Salton Sea program. A Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory) position, based in Riverside County, will supervise SSMP staff and help implement the SSMP Phase 1: 10-Year Plan, including the Species Conservation Habitat (SCH) project and dust suppression and habitat creation activities. The final filing date is October 15, and the job announcement may be found at https://www.jobs.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=217728.

CDFW also is recruiting for a Fish and Wildlife Technician position to be based in Imperial County. The position is responsible for day-to-day workings of the program including vehicle and equipment operation and maintenance, and assisting with fish and wildlife surveying. The final filing date is October 18, and the job announcement may be found at https://www.jobs.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=217599.

DWR is seeking applicants for an existing Program Manager I position to be based in Riverside County. The position may serve as Program Manager lead for the DWR Salton Sea Program and will support implementation of SSMP projects at the Salton Sea. The final filing date is October 2, and the job announcement may be found at https://www.jobs.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=212861.

Interested applicants are encouraged to carefully read and follow all instructions for submitting their application.

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DWR Executes Design-Build Contract with Kiewit for SCH Project

Salton Sea Management Program Update – September 14, 2020

Also: Save the Date: Next SSMP Engagement Committee Meeting Set for September 30; Community Input Sought for SSMP Projects; Virtual Public Workshops Set for September 22, 23 and 24

In a key step for the Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP), the Department of Water Resources last week finalized the design-build contract with Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. for the Species Conservation Habitat (SCH) project. Design and construction of the SCH Project is expected to begin in fall 2020.

“We are pleased to see this critical project take a major step forward with the signing of this contract,” said Arturo Delgado, Assistant Secretary for Salton Sea Policy at the California Natural Resources Agency. “The state team is eager to get projects on the ground that will improve conditions at the Salton Sea for residents of surrounding communities as well as for wildlife.”

Located at the southern end of the Sea along both sides of the New River, the 3,770-acre SCH project is aimed at creating habitat and suppressing dust to prevent further degradation of air quality.

The SCH anchors phase one of the SSMP, which focuses on constructing wetlands and other projects to reduce exposed lakebed and health hazards posed by airborne dust from exposed lakebed.

Save the Date: Next SSMP Engagement Committee Meeting Set for September 30

The Salton Sea Management Program’s Engagement Committee will hold a virtual meeting from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, via Zoom. Registration information, meeting agenda and materials will be available soon at  http://saltonsea.ca.gov/.

The Engagement Committee is co-chaired by Rebecca Terrazas-Baxter, intergovernmental relations director for Imperial County, and Silvia Paz, executive director of Alianza Coachella Valley.

Community Input Sought for SSMP Projects; Virtual Public Workshops Set for September 22, 23 and 24

The SSMP team will hold a series of three virtual public workshops this month to seek community input on the draft Project Description for the SSMP Phase I: 10-Year Plan. The draft Project Description identifies habitat restoration and dust suppression projects around the Sea to revitalize the environment and protect public health.

The workshops will solicit input on the draft Project Description goals and objectives as well as the sizes, locations and types of projects being proposed and anticipated impacts. The State is also seeking feedback on how the public would like to access the Sea and what compatible community amenities should be prioritized. The input acquired will help inform the development of a range of alternatives for approximately 30,000 acres of projects that will be part of a forthcoming larger Environmental Assessment in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The public workshops will be hosted via Zoom online and by phone on three different dates:

Tuesday, Sept. 22
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Zoom Link: https://ca-water-gov.zoom.us/j/98237992567

Teleconference Number for English (Toll-free): 888-278-0296
Access code: 596019
Teleconference Number for Spanish: 888-363-4734
Access Code: 1738252

Wednesday, Sept. 23
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Zoom Link: https://ca-water-gov.zoom.us/j/93711314339

Teleconference Number for English (Toll-free): 888-278-0296
Access code: 596019
Teleconference Number for Spanish: 888-363-4734
Access Code: 1738252

Thursday, Sept. 24
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Zoom Link: https://ca-water-gov.zoom.us/j/93711314339

Teleconference Number for English (Toll-free): 888-278-0296
Access code: 596019
Teleconference Number for Spanish: 888-363-4734
Access Code: 1738252

The workshops will have simultaneous translation available from English to Spanish and vice-versa. Agenda and meeting materials will be available soon at the Salton Sea website at https://saltonsea.ca.gov/ssmp-draft-description-project/.

In addition to the public workshops, written comments on the Project Description will be accepted through Sept. 30 at cnra-saltonsea@resources.ca.gov.

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Community Input Sought for Habitat Restoration and Dust Suppression Projects at Salton Sea

Virtual Workshops to be Held on Newly Released Draft Project Description to Revitalize Environment and Protect Public Health

SACRAMENTO – The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) has released a draft Project Description for the Salton Sea Management Program Phase I: 10-Year Plan and announced a series of three virtual public workshops for community input.

The draft Project Description identifies habitat restoration and dust suppression projects around the Sea to revitalize the environment and protect public health.

The workshops will solicit input on the draft Project Description goals and objectives as well as the sizes, locations, and types of projects being proposed and anticipated impacts. The State is also seeking feedback as to how the public would like to access the Sea and what compatible community amenities should be prioritized.

The input acquired will help inform the development of a range of alternatives for approximately 30,000 acres of projects that will be part of a forthcoming larger Environmental Assessment in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The public workshops will be hosted via Zoom online and by phone on three different dates:

Tuesday, Sept. 22
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 23
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 24
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The workshops will have simultaneous translation available from English to Spanish and vice-versa. More information, Zoom link and meeting materials will be available soon at the Salton Sea website at https://saltonsea.ca.gov/planning/ssmp-draft-description-project/.

In addition to the public workshops, written comments on the Project Description will be accepted through Sept. 30 at cnra-saltonsea@resources.ca.gov.

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MOU Signed on Desert Shores Project; SSMP Team to Provide Update at August 19 Water Board Workshop

Salton Sea Management Program Update – August 18, 2020

MOU Signed on Desert Shores Project

The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) and the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District (ICAPCD) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) documenting their intent to coordinate and collaborate on the Desert Shores Channel Restoration Project.

The project aims to improve air quality by refilling channels located between residences on the Salton Sea shoreline in the disadvantaged community of Desert Shores. ICAPCD will lead efforts to plan the project. It will also lead outreach and communication efforts, in coordination with CNRA.

Under the MOU, CNRA will analyze and document the project’s public benefits as part of a National Environmental Policy Act environmental analysis for the Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP) Phase 1: 10-Year Plan and as required for funding under the SSMP.

If CNRA determines the project is not eligible for funding under the SSMP, CNRA will assist the ICAPCD in identifying potential alternative funding sources, if requested by the ICAPCD.

The MOU is available on the state’s Salton Sea website.

SSMP Team to Provide Update at August 19 Water Board Workshop

The SSMP team will provide an update on the status of program implementation at an August 19 workshop of the State Water Resources Control Board. The annual workshop, originally scheduled for March 18 in El Centro, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The August 19 workshop will be held virtually with remote participation from the state team. Additional details and information on how interested parties can virtually participate in the workshop can be found on the State Water Board website.

CNRA posted its 2020 Annual Report on the Salton Sea Management Program in February. The report provides a summary of recent and planned activities by the SSMP to address air quality and ecological threats at the sea. It also summarizes planning activities, partnerships and community engagement efforts.

A recent letter with additional activities since the report’s release can be found on the SSMP website.

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DWR Selects Design-Build Contractor for SCH Project

Salton Sea Management Program Update – August 5, 2020

Also: Updated Dust Suppression Action Plan Released; Projects to Get Underway Later this Summer

The Department of Water Resources has completed the evaluation of proposals for the Species Conservation Habitat (SCH) project and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. has been selected as the best-value design-build entity. Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. and DWR are in the process of finalizing the contract.

Design and construction of the SCH Project is expected to begin in Fall 2020.
“Kiewit is proud to be selected as the contractor for the Salton Sea project,” said Jamie Wisenbaker, Senior Vice President for Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. “This critical project will improve the Salton Sea environment for wildlife, the residents of the area and the State of California.”

Located at the southern end of the sea along both sides of the New River, the 3,770-acre SCH project is aimed at creating habitat and suppressing dust to prevent further degradation of air quality.

The SCH anchors phase one of the SSMP, which focuses on constructing wetlands and other projects to reduce exposed lakebed and health hazards posed by airborne dust from exposed lakebed.

Updated Dust Suppression Action Plan Released; Projects to Get Underway Later this Summer

Cover of DSAPThe Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP) team has issued an updated Dust Suppression Action Plan to guide expedited implementation of dust suppression and associated habitat projects around the sea.

The proposed projects are intended to meet the goals of the SSMP and specific annual acreage targets outlined in State Water Resources Control Board Order WR 2017-0134.

The DSAP is a flexible working plan that outlines the actions the SSMP proposes to take to develop and implement dust suppression projects across nine project areas around the perimeter of the Salton Sea, to be constructed between 2020 and 2022. These projects will improve public health and respond to the COVID-19 emergency by improving air quality in the region.

The DSAP identifies and prioritizes a planning area of approximately 9,800 acres based on the best available scientific data, proximity to populated areas, ease of securing landowner access and environmental permitting, sites with potential availability of short- and long-term water supplies, and information obtained through public input.

The SSMP team held public meetings in February and March in Westmorland, Bombay Beach and Torres Martinez Reservation to gather community input on the initial draft DSAP. Public meetings held in December 2019 in Mecca and Salton City also provided input on how dust affects local residents and the potential locations and methods for dust suppression projects. The community meetings were held in some of the communities closest to the project areas identified in the draft DSAP and resulted in additional feedback for the SSMP planning team. Written comments from the public were accepted through March 27.

The SSMP team also completed tribal consultation on an administrative draft plan on July 24.

The plan outlines the steps needed to transition from concept to on-the-ground implementation starting in 2020. Some projects are proposed to be located on federal lands, and additional tribal consultation is expected to occur at the project level for those locations through the National Environmental Policy Act compliance process.

The first project sites are located within the footprint of the Species Conservation Habitat project. The SSMP is proactively implementing temporary dust control measures at this site prior to the start of construction of the habitat ponds due to the potential for emissivity within portions of the project area. This project is proposed to cover up to 1,900 acres and is planned to start upon final regulatory approval.

The updated plan will serve as a “living document” that will be refined over time through monitoring and adaptative management, as well as continued engagement with the community.

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Community Engagement Committee Meeting Summary – June 17, 2020 – via Zoom Webinar

In Brief:

  • In addition to providing a general update on the SSMP, the Committee discussed the State’s forthcoming Dust Suppression Action Plan, including public input received and upcoming Phase A/Phase B projects. The State has been developing the DSAP over the past several months. It will be available in the coming weeks on the State’s SSMP website.
  • The State received input from the Committee and members of the public regarding the format and approach for upcoming public meetings to engage communities on the first stage (the ‘Project Description’) of the NEPA permitting process for the entire 10-Year Plan.
  • The Committee discussed the State’s revised SSMP Public Engagement Plan, including feedback received and input on next steps to update and implement the Plan. The State will integrate this input in its evolving SSMP Advisory Committee structure and process.Download the Meeting Summary

State Requests Proposals for Water Importation Independent Review Panel

Salton Sea Management Program Update – June 30, 2020

Also: CDFW Seeks Applicants for Environmental Scientist for SSMP; Legislature Approves Budget with 10 New Positions for the SSMP, Funding for North Lake Pilot Project and New River Improvements

The Department of Water Resources is seeking qualified applicants to provide independent third-party evaluation services and a feasibility analysis in support of the state’s long-term planning for the Salton Sea Management Program.

DWR has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to enlist and facilitate an independent team or panel to evaluate water importation proposals submitted to the state in 2018. The panel may also develop and implement a process to accept additional water importation proposals.

The objective of the RFP is to conduct a feasibility study of the proposals received in 2018 and to elucidate whether water importation to the Salton Sea is achievable. Interested entities have until July 27 to submit their application to the state.

In late 2017, the state released a call for innovative solutions to address the challenges associated with declining lake levels. Among those proposals received, 11 described various methods to import water to the Sea. In February 2020, the state released a Request for Proposals as a step toward enlisting an independent review panel to evaluate the water importation concepts. No proposals were submitted in that solicitation.

CDFW Seeks Applicants for Environmental Scientist for SSMP

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking applicants for the Salton Sea program Sr. Environmental Scientist (Specialist) or Environmental Scientist for its Bermuda Dunes office. The final filing date is July 3. The job announcement may be found at https://www.jobs.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=189813.

The position may serve as scientific lead for the CDFW Salton Sea Program and identifies problems, develops courses of action, conducts critical scientific investigations, prepares guidance, policy, planning, and regulatory documents, and legislative proposals and analysis. Desirable candidates will have an understanding of natural resources, conservation, and environmental compliance and permitting laws, with desired knowledge of aquatic ecology, fisheries, water quality, habitat structure affecting fish and bird health and abundance, permitting, and/or environmental justice. The incumbent will work with other local, state and federal agencies, and the public to develop, implement, and monitor Salton Sea habitat projects and related activities.

Interested applicants should carefully read and follow all instructions for submitting their application.

Legislature Approves Budget with 10 New Positions for the SSMP, Funding for North Lake Pilot Project and New River Improvements

The Legislature has approved a 2020-21 state budget that authorizes 10 new positions for the SSMP, including six located at a local Salton Sea office and two at the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Bermuda Dunes office. The positions would be within the Department of Water Resources, CDFW and the Natural Resources Agency.

The proposed budget also includes $19.3 million in Proposition 68 funding for the Salton Sea Authority to implement the North Lake Pilot Project. The funding would provide the Authority with its full allocation of Proposition 68 funding to continue work to address both habitat restoration and air quality impacts on surrounding communities.

The 156-acre pilot project located near the community of North Shore would create new deep-water habitat to replace the habitat lost as the Salton Sea recedes. It would also create shallow habitat that would suppress dust along over one mile of receding shoreline.

The budget also includes $28 million in funding for the New River Improvement Project, which aims to address pollution exposure challenges, create public health benefits and enhance access to green, healthy spaces for Calexico residents. The funding includes $18 million in one-time General Fund and $10 million from Proposition 68.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed the budget bills on June 29.

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Governor’s Revised Budget Proposes 10 New Positions for the SSMP, Funding for North Lake Pilot Project and New River Improvements

Salton Sea Management Program Update – May 20, 2020

Also: Next SSMP Engagement Committee Meeting Planned for June; Melinda Dorin Added to State’s Salton Sea Team; Spanish Language Salton Sea Management Program 2020 Annual Report Now Available

Governor Gavin Newsom’s revised 2020-21 state budget proposal would authorize 10 new positions for the Salton Sea Management Program, including six located at a local Salton Sea office and two at the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Bermuda Dunes office. The positions would be within the Department of Water Resources, CDFW and the Natural Resources Agency.

The proposed budget also includes $19 million in Proposition 68 funding for the Salton Sea Authority to implement the North Lake Pilot Project. The funding would provide the Authority with its full allocation of Proposition 68 funding to continue work to address both habitat restoration and air quality impacts on surrounding communities.

The 156-acre pilot project located near the community of North Shore would create new deep-water habitat to replace the habitat lost as the Salton Sea recedes. It would also create shallow habitat that would suppress dust along over one mile of receding shoreline.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered unprecedented challenges for the state budget. It has also underscored the urgent need to advance projects around the Salton Sea to help improve conditions for communities that have long been burdened with poor air quality,” Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot said. “This budget proposal is a strong signal that the Administration remains committed to delivering projects at the Sea.”

The revised budget also continues to support $28 million in funding for the New River Improvement Project, which aims to address pollution exposure challenges, create public health benefits and enhance access to green, healthy spaces for Calexico residents. The funding includes $18 million in one-time General Fund and $10 million from Proposition 68.

Phil Rosentrater, executive director of the Salton Sea Authority, said the budget proposal brings new hope for a healthier and more prosperous Salton Sea region. “The Salton Sea Authority applauds the Governor’s action to reverse the long trajectory of despair at the Salton Sea – one of California’s most environmentally challenged and economically distressed regions. The Administration’s May Revise budget continues to support $28 million to protect vulnerable communities from exposure to America’s most polluted river — the New River which flows across the Mexican border to the Salton Sea. Balancing that investment on the south end of California’s largest inland sea is a $19.3 million investment toward a North Lake project that will provide benefits including air quality protection, habitat restoration, recreation and economic recovery for struggling communities around the Sea.”

Luis Olmedo, executive director of the environmental justice organization Comite Civico del Valle, also applauded the May budget proposal. “We are forever thankful to Governor Gavin Newsom, because under his administration the Salton Sea and New Rivers are a high public health budget priority. For over 100 years the Salton Sea border region has been neglected by the federal Government and California, despite the obvious necessity for investment in critical areas of infrastructure,” Olmedo said. “COVID-19 makes it more urgent than ever to address these inequities in areas that have become infectious hotspots.”

More on the revised budget is available at http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/.

Next SSMP Engagement Committee Meeting Planned for June

The state team is working to schedule a virtual meeting of the SSMP Engagement Committee in June.

The planned March 19 meeting in El Centro was cancelled due to challenges associated with COVID-19. The team hopes to announce a new date and options for participating in the coming days.

Melinda Dorin Added to State’s Salton Sea Team

The California Department of Water Resources is pleased to announce Melinda Dorin as its new Program Manager of the Salton Sea Management Program. She started on May 1 and is based in Sacramento. Dorin is working on the SSMP’s Species Conservation Habitat Project and assisting with permitting and biological resources in other areas of the program.

Dorin brings a wealth of knowledge about project management, species monitoring and state and federal permitting. For the past three years, Dorin has worked as a program manager for the Delta Protection Commission, where she developed land use planning documents, reviewed levees and other infrastructure programs, and focused on sustainability of the agricultural economy of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Prior to that, Dorin worked as a non-profit consultant where she conducted workshops and aided in strategic planning, conservation planning, and program review. She has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on salmon passage and Delta smelt projects in the Delta, and also monitored surveyed a variety of endangered species for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. She has almost 15 years of experience working for state agencies.

Dorin holds a Bachelor of Arts Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of California San Diego. She served for a decade on the board of directors for the nonprofit Environmental Council of Sacramento.

Spanish Language Salton Sea Management Program 2020 Annual Report Now Available

The California Natural Resources Agency has published a Spanish language edition of the 2020 Annual Report on the Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP). The report provides a summary of recent and planned activities by the SSMP to address air quality and ecological threats at the Sea.

The Annual Report describes the progress made by the state team over the past year and provides a project implementation timeline. It also summarizes planning activities, partnerships and community engagement efforts.

The Spanish language version is available here.

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Congressional Members Visit Salton Sea

Salton Sea Management Program Update – March 13, 2020

Also: Proposition 68 Grant Approved for Community-Based Project at Salton Sea State Recreation Area; State Water Board Postpones March 18 Workshop on SSMP Status; March 19 Engagement Committee Meeting Postponed; Revised Community Engagement Plan Available for Comment; Community Members Provide Input on Draft Dust Suppression Action Plan – Comments Accepted through March 27

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur of Ohio and Congressman Raul Ruiz of California joined state, local and federal agency representatives for a visit to the Salton Sea on March 7.

It was the first visit to the Sea for Kaptur, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Water. The day included an overview of the Salton Sea Management Program and projects, including the Bruchard Road Dust Suppression Project completed in January and the 3,770-acre Species Conservation Habitat (SCH) project that will break ground later this year.

Stops included the North Shore Yacht Club, the Salton Sea State Recreation Area, Bombay Beach and the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge.

“I am committed to bringing additional federal resources to the Salton Sea,” Ruiz said. “Last weekend’s meeting focused on working together to break ground on new projects at the Sea to improve the health and lives of people in the area and across Southern California. I’d like to thank Chairwoman Kaptur, California Deputy Secretary Gibson, Assistant Secretary Arturo Delgado and Salton Sea Authority Executive Director Phil Rosentrater for their hard work to make this happen.” (more…)

Salton Sea Management Program 2020 Annual Report Now Available

Salton Sea Management Program Update – February 24, 2020

Also: Draft Dust Suppression Action Plan Available for Review; Projects to Reduce Dust on up to 3,800 Acres of Emissive Lakebed This Year; State Requests Proposals for Water Importation Independent Review Panel; Salton Sea Authority Approves MOU with Natural Resources Agency

The California Natural Resources Agency has posted its 2020 Annual Report on the Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP). The report provides a summary of recent and planned activities by the SSMP to address air quality and ecological threats at the Sea.

The report notes that since the Natural Resources Agency’s last report to the State Water Resources Control Board in March 2019, the state team has significantly improved its capacity to deliver projects at the Sea.

It has developed a detailed time line for project implementation, with up to 3,800 acres of projects expected to be completed in 2020 on some of the most emissive lakebed around the Sea.

The report also summarizes planning activities, partnerships and community engagement efforts. (more…)