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

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: splregssmp@usace.army.mil 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

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SSMP Community Engagement Committee to Meet on June 8

The Community Engagement Committee of the SSMP will meet June 8 at 2 p.m. for an online meeting via Zoom.

SSMP Community Engagement Committee Meeting

Wednesday, June 8 at 2 p.m.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86826136422

Or join over the phone by dialing:

(216) 706 7075 US Toll

(866) 390 1828 US Toll-free

Conference code: 787909

The committee meets regularly to coordinate outreach and engagement strategies for upcoming public community meetings. The state’s Salton Sea team collaborates with the Community Engagement Committee to ensure that proper and effective outreach methods are intentionally used to reach and engage the frontline communities of the Salton Sea region.

Agenda in English

Agenda En Español

Long-Range Plan Community Workshop set for June 7

Update: New time for this meeting is 5:30 p.m.

The Salton Sea Management Program team will host a public workshop to provide an overview of the Long-Range Plan process, the initial suit of restoration concepts, and the evaluation criteria that will be used to help guide the development of the Long-Range Plan.

SSMP Long-Range Plan Community Workshop

Tuesday, June 7 at 5:30 p.m.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://ca-water-gov.zoom.us/j/89419635168

Or join over the phone by dialing:

(214) 765 0479 US Toll

(888) 278 0296 US Toll-free

Conference code: 596019

LRP Workshop Agenda

Preliminary Restoration Concepts Long Range Plan

Frequently Asked Questions Long Range Plan


LRP Workshop Agenda en Español

Preguntas frecuentes sobre el Plan a Largo Plazo del Programa de Gestión del Salton Sea

Conceptos Preliminares de Restauracion Plan a Largo Plazo

For questions or comments, please contact: Cnra-saltonsea@resources.ca.gov

Long Range Plan Committee to Meet May 4

The Long-Range Planning Committee is convening over Zoom on Wednesday, May 4, at 9:30 a.m.

The SSMP Team plans to cover the following topics:

  • Review hydrology for previously proposed restoration concepts
  • Discuss updates to restoration concepts, including new concepts proposed
  • Preview upcoming LRP public workshop

Community members are welcome to attend and share their comments during the public comment period.

SSMP Long-Range Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://ca-water-gov.zoom.us/j/83805188389

Or join over telephone by dialing:

USA 214 765 0479 US Toll

USA 888 278 0296 US Toll-free

Conference code: 596019

AgendaPresentation

Public Meeting link and other materials will also be uploaded to the SSMP website at saltonsea.ca.gov.

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

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Independent Review Panel Update: Screening Report Completed – Monday, April 11

This informational zoom meeting presents the results of the first review of concepts for water importation that were submitted as part of the State’s 2017 RFI and the Panel’s 2021 RFI. The Screening Report identifies which concepts provided sufficient information to be evaluated and involved importation methods. The meeting will be hosted by Project Coordinator Azucena Beltran and feature project PI Brent Haddad on behalf of the Panel. Professor Haddad will also provide an update and overview of the entire Panel process. Spanish interpretation will be available.

Monday, April 11, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Download Meeting Flyer: English | Español

Click here to join the Zoom meeting:

https://ucsc.zoom.us/j/96127855602?pwd=OFN2U2RnMVJGejJKb01XYTUvcExFQT09

Meeting ID: 961 2785 5602Password: 827894

NEW: Independent Review Panel Screening Report Public Meeting – April 11


Annual Report Workshop

CONFIRMED for Tuesday, April 12

NEW: Workshop Presentation and Public Meeting – April 12

Recently, the SSMP team released its 2022 Annual Report and is inviting community members and all interested parties to a virtual community meeting on Tuesday, April 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The team will provide an in-depth presentation of the 2022 Annual Report and welcome any questions that arise from this presentation. The workshop will be hosted in English with Spanish interpretation.

Click here to join the meeting: https://ca-water-gov.zoom.us/j/88378080885

Teleconference Dial in: 888-278-0296  | Access Code: 596019

Tuesday, April 12, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Download Meeting Flyer: English | Español

Download the Agenda: English | Español

The SSMP Annual Report is available for review in both English and Spanish at SaltonSea.ca.gov.

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Save the Date for Upcoming Engagement Opportunities and Events for the Salton Sea

Also: Community Meeting–SSMP Update and Overview of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Process and how it relates to the SSMP 10-Year Plan – Wednesday, March 30; Independent Review Panel Update–Screening Report Completed – Monday, April 11; Annual Report Pre-Workshop Tentatively Set for Tuesday, April 12; State Water Resources Control Board Annual Workshop on Salton Sea

Salton Sea Management Program Update – March 22, 2022

The Salton Sea Management Program (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.

This list includes events that are being planned and coordinated by the SSMP team and other events coordinated by various entities and partners around Salton Sea topics.

Download the SSMP Update Community Meeting Agenda (English) (Espanol)

Watch the Meeting (recorded earlier):

 

Download the SSMP Update Community Meeting Agenda (English) (Espanol)

 

For questions on these events email cnra-saltonsea@resources.ca.gov


Community Meeting: SSMP Update and Overview of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Process and how it relates to the SSMP 10-Year Plan – Wednesday, March 30

The SSMP invites community members and all interested parties to a virtual community meeting on Wednesday, March 30. The team will provide an overview of the federal process now underway to consider how projects at the Salton Sea may affect the environment. There are opportunities for the public to provide input on a draft Environmental Assessment that is anticipated to be released in April. The webinar will also explain the process of submitting comments, how comments are considered, and the importance of the public to use this opportunity that will help shape the future of the Salton Sea. This Community meeting will also provide an update on the SSMP Committees and a brief overview of the 2022 SSMP Annual Report. The meeting flyer and additional details for this virtual meeting are forthcoming.


Independent Review Panel Update: Screening Report Completed – Monday, April 11

This informational zoom meeting presents the results of the first review of concepts for water importation that were submitted as part of the State’s 2017 RFI and the Panel’s 2021 RFI. The Screening Report identifies which concepts provided sufficient information to be evaluated and involved importation methods. The meeting will be hosted by Project Coordinator Azucena Beltran and feature project PI Brent Haddad on behalf of the Panel. Professor Haddad will also provide an update and overview of the entire Panel process. Spanish interpretation will be available.

Monday, April 11, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Click here to join the Zoom meeting

Meeting ID: 961 2785 5602
Password: 827894


Annual Report Pre-Workshop Tentatively Set for Tuesday, April 12

Recently, the SSMP team released its 2022 Annual Report and is inviting community members and all interested parties to a virtual community meeting, tentatively planned for Tuesday, April 12. The team will host an in-depth presentation of the 2022 Annual Report and welcome any questions that arise from this presentation. Additional details on this meeting are forthcoming. This meeting will be hosted in English with Spanish interpretation.

The SSMP Annual Report is available to review in both English and Spanish on California Natural Resources Agency’s (CNRA) website: https://saltonsea.ca.gov/.


State Water Resources Control Board Annual Workshop on Salton Sea

The State Water Resources Control Board anticipates holding its annual workshop on the status of the SSMP during the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting on April 19-20. The workshop is currently anticipated to occur in the afternoon and evening of April 20. The workshop is still in the planning stage, and it has not yet been determined if it will be held remotely or in person. Additional details will be provided in the public notice for the workshop, to be released in the coming weeks. The meeting agenda will be released at least 10 days prior to the event.

For more updates please visit: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/salton_sea/

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