First Kick-off Meetings is Tomorrow for Salton Sea Management Program Long-Range Planning Committee

The California Natural Resources Agency is virtually reconvening the Long-Range Planning Committee tomorrow, December 14. A second meeting is December 21. The committee will assist in the development of the Long-Range Plan.

While the State team implements the Salton Sea Management Program – Phase I: 10-Year Plan, it is simultaneously developing a path forward for the long-term restoration and management of the Salton Sea. The Long-Range Plan will reflect the input from tribal governments, community members, stakeholders, the Independent Review Panel, and the members of the Long-Range Planning Committee.

At the kickoff meetings, the Salton Sea team will share information on the Long-Range Plan and the role of the Long-Range Planning Committee. Each meeting will be the same so there is no need to participate in both meetings. Community members are welcome to attend and share their comments during the public comment period. You can participate via Zoom or by telephone.

The first meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 9 a.m. Attendees will be able to access the meeting through Zoom (https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86893811521, no password required) or by telephone (866-390-1828, access code: 787909).

The second meeting will be on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 9 a.m. Attendees will be able to access the meeting through Zoom (https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84960756697, no password required) or by telephone (866-390-1828, access code: 787909).

For more information, meeting materials and instructions on using Zoom, please visit www.SaltonSea.ca.gov or email cnra-saltonsea@resources.ca.gov.

Vegetation Enhancement Projects Moving Ahead in Partnership with U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Salton Sea vegetation enhancement projects.The Salton Sea Management Program and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) are partnering to establish about 1,700 acres of native vegetation enhancement projects around the Salton Sea on land owned by the Reclamation. The Vegetation Enhancement Projects aim to establish and enhance native vegetation on the exposed lakebed to create habitat benefits and provide suppression of wind-blown dust.

The projects are planned at three different locations. Two sites are located near the community of Salton City: Clubhouse (approximately 400 acres) and Tule Wash (approximately 1,215 acres). The third site is located near the community of Bombay Beach (approximately 90 acres).

The specific objective of the projects is to enable the creation of an Iodine Bush vegetation community across the three sites. This vegetation community is dominated by Iodine Bush with other associated species, and is widely observed across the arid Southwestern U.S., especially in the vicinity of saline lakes.  The vegetation is also widely observed around the perimeter of the Salton Sea.

The project will enhance the growth of existing vegetation stands and promote new growth in open areas.  The treatment of existing vegetation stands will consist of weed removal and the addition of compost to promote growth. Open areas of the lakebed will be supplied with water, plants, seeds, and physical modifications to promote growth of native vegetation.

Three vegetation establishment methods are proposed, including natural recruitment, seeding, and planting. Vegetation in the form of seeding or planting (potted plants or plugs grown in a nursery) will be combined with wind protection such as straw bales and water to help protect and facilitate plant growth and improve plant survival rates. The mix of plant species to be considered for the project include Iodine Bush (Allenrolfea occidentalis), Big Saltbush (Atriplex lentiformis), Salton Saltbush (Atriplex canescens var. macllenta), Bush Seepweed (Sueda nigra), Western Sea-purslane (Sesuvium verrucosum), Cattle Saltbush (Atriplex polycarpa), and other opportunistic species.

The work is envisioned to begin this year and continue into 2023. Once established, these vegetated landscapes are expected to be sustained by natural water flows and precipitation resident to the area.

Salton Sea Region Receives $57 Million in State Funding for New and Revitalized Parks

Secretary Wade Crowfoot meets with community members near the site of the new park in Thermal on December 9.Communities in the Salton Sea region are receiving $57 million in grant funding for new and revitalized parks as part of the state’s largest-ever single investment in improving access to parks and open spaces.

Awarded through the Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Grant Program, the grants will deliver six new parks in Imperial and Riverside Counties and revitalize two existing ones.

The competitive grant program is part of the Governor Newsom Administration’s “California Outdoors for All” initiative to expand equitable access to the outdoors in underserved communities across California.

New parks will be created in Calipatria, Heber, Cathedral City, Coachella, Indio, Thermal and Banning. Improvements will be made at Gomez Park in the City of El Centro. Renovations to Patterson Park in the City of Riverside are also funded.Secretary Wade Crowfoot at Thermal Park.

“These funding awards are a huge deal for Californians. Creating new parks across the state – including in many communities currently without adequate outdoor public space – will make a real, lasting difference in the lives of young people and all residents,” said California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot. “It’s one more way the Governor and Legislature are working to improve the lives of all Californians.”

The Outdoors for All initiative is focused on equitably expanding outdoor access to all Californians through focused investments in open space infrastructure, outdoor programming, and improvements to state systems.

Community Engagement Committee to Meet Nov. 9 – El Comité de Participación Comunitaria se reunirá el 9 de noviembre

Salton Sea Management Program Update – November 3, 2021

The Community Engagement Committee of the Salton Sea Management Program meets November 9, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. for an online meeting on Zoom.

At this meeting the committee will discuss projected engagement opportunities for the coming months and identify areas of collaboration to engage in a robust outreach strategy.

Meeting Agenda

Presentation Materials

When: Nov 9, 2021 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Please click the link below to join the meeting:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84672400312

Or telephone:

Dial:

USA 216 706 7075 US Toll

USA 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.

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El Comité de Participación Comunitaria se reunirá el 9 de noviembre

El Comité de Participación Comunitaria del Programa de Gestión del Salton Sea se reunirá el 9 de noviembre de 2021, a la 1:00 pm, para una junta en línea en Zoom.

En esta reunión, el comité debatirá las oportunidades de participación proyectadas para los próximos meses e identificará áreas de colaboración para participar en una sólida estrategia de difusión.

 

Cuando: 9 de noviembre del 2021, a la 1:00 p.m. Hora del Pacífico

Haz clic en este enlace para participar en la reunión:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84672400312

O por teléfono,

Marque:

USA (216) 706 7075

USA (866) 390 1828 Llamada gratuita

Código de conferencia: 787909

El comité se reúne regularmente para coordinar las estrategias de difusión y participación para las próximas reuniones públicas de la comunidad. El equipo estatal del Salton Sea colabora con el Comité de Participación Comunitaria para garantizar que se utilicen intencionadamente métodos de difusión adecuados y eficaces para llegar a las comunidades de la región del Salton Sea y conseguir su participación.

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715 P Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Independent Review Panel Public Meeting – Reunión pública del Panel de Revisión Independiente

Salton Sea Management Program Update – October 21, 2021

Independent Review Panel Public Meeting

You are invited to participate in an online public meeting to provide your input to the Independent Review Panel on Water Importation.

The meeting takes place October 27, at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. The public is invited to attend and provide input.

The Public Meeting will begin with a brief introduction to the Panel’s charge, process, and timeline, and then the floor will be opened to hear from you. Among the issues of particular interest to the Panel are your opinions on:

  • The most important criteria by which different approaches to water importation should be judged.
  • Your opinion or vision of the role of the Salton Sea in the long-term future of the region.
  • Anything else you would like to tell the Panel.

The Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP) established the Panel to perform an independent review of water importation concepts. The Panel is gathering all the information it can about water importation as a long-term strategy to restore and manage the Salton Sea. Learn about Panel members by visiting the SSMP website.

In 2018, 11 concepts were presented to the state. Recently, the Panel reopened the process to accept additional concepts. Those concepts were due earlier this month.

Join us!

Simultaneous translation will be provided

Wednesday Oct. 27

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Zoom — https://ucsc.zoom.us/j/91775135651?pwd=ZGs2dTJOQWw5anVu WHJseEVOSkFOQT09
Phone: +1 669 900 6833 Meeting Id:917 7513 5651

If you have any questions or comments for the Independent Review Panel and their Support Team, you can contact them using this email: sslt-eval-input@ucsc.edu


Reunión pública del Panel de Revisión Independiente

Le invitamos a participar en una reunión pública en línea para dar su opinión al Panel de Revisión Independiente sobre la Importación de Agua.

La reunión tendrá lugar el 27 de octubre, a las 5:30 pm en la plataforma en linea Zoom. El público está invitado a asistir y dar su opinión.

La reunión pública comenzará con una breve introducción sobre el cargo, el proceso y el itinerario del Panel, y después se abrirá el diálogo para escuchar sus opiniones. Entre los temas de especial interés para el Panel están sus opiniones sobre:

  • Los criterios más importantes por los que deben juzgarse los diferentes enfoques de la importación de agua.
  • Su opinión o visión del rol del Salton Sea en el futuro a largo plazo de la región.
  • Cualquier otra cosa que le gustaría decir al Panel.

El Programa de Gestión del Salton Sea (SSMP) estableció el Panel para realizar una revisión independiente de los conceptos de importación de agua. El Panel está reuniendo toda la información posible sobre la importación de agua como estrategia a largo plazo para restaurar y gestionar el Salton Sea. Conozca a los miembros del Panel visitando el sitio web del SSMP.

En 2018, se presentaron 11 conceptos al Estado. Recientemente, el Panel reabrió el proceso para aceptar conceptos adicionales. Esos conceptos debían presentarse a principios de este mes.

Participe el 27 de octubre, de 5:30 a 7:30 p.m.

en Zoom — https://ucsc.zoom.us/j/91775135651?pwd=ZGs2dTJOQWw5anVu WHJseEVOSkFOQT09

O por teléfono:
Teléfono: +1 669 900 6833
Identificación de la reunión:917 7513 5651

Se proporcionará traducción simultánea.

Si tiene alguna pregunta o comentario para el Panel de Revisión Independiente y su Equipo de Apoyo, puede ponerse en contacto con ellos utilizando este correo electrónico: sslt-eval-input@ucsc.edu.

Community Engagement Committee Meets

Salton Sea Management Update – September 28, 2021

Also: Welcome Deputy Assistant Secretary Mario Llanos; Species Conservation Habitat Project Update; Recordings of Recent Community Meetings Available

The Community Engagement Committee of the Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP) meets September 29.

UPDATE: View the meeting here, or below

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

The committee is updating the Engagement Committee charter to develop and maintain a program that enables consistent two-way communication, creates opportunities for community members to share concerns and provide input, and ultimately contributes to delivery of projects that improve conditions for communities around the Salton Sea.

Join us by using Zoom.

September 29, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84885824143

Or telephone:
866 390 1828 US Toll-free
Conference code: 787909

Welcome Deputy Assistant Secretary Mario Llanos

Secretary Mario LlanosMario Llanos is the new Deputy Assistant Secretary for the California Natural Resources Agency Salton Sea Management Program. Llanos is originally from Imperial County. He is excited to return home to make a positive impact in the community from which he grew up.

In his leadership role, Llanos will interface with stakeholders and local leaders to advance projects that improve ecosystem health and protect air quality.

Llanos has led high-performing teams at the Department of Parks and Recreation for the City of San Diego. As district manager, he administered maintenance operations and budget, oversaw a Park Ranger Program, and led project management and coordination in historically and culturally significant parks, such as Balboa Park and Presidio Park in San Diego.

Species Conservation Habitat Project Update

Species Conservation Habitat Project UpdateOther ongoing work includes, environmental compliance and cultural monitoring, drying soils for future berm construction, and preparing temporary ponds for construction water needs.

The SCH Project is at the southern end of the Salton Sea. As the state’s first large-scale project, it will create a network of ponds and wetlands to provide important fish and bird habitat. Also, it will suppress dust emissions, improving air quality as the Salton Sea continues to recede. The project will cover more than 4,100 acres and is expected to be completed in 2023.

Recordings of Recent Community Meetings Available

Recordings of Recent Community Meetings AvailableIf you missed the recent SSMP community meetings, recordings are available in English and Spanish.

The meetings provided an opportunity to share experiences, meet new members of the SSMP team, hear more about the process to study water importation concepts and learn more about the long-range planning process the state has launched.

The meetings were August 31 and September 2. The meetings cover the same topics, but took place at different times to make it more convenient for people to participate.

If you would like to view the meetings in English use the following links:

08/31 – https://youtu.be/6VrIou2xjyA
09/02 – https://youtu.be/5P4tVgvMuVY

For Spanish recordings, use these links:

08/31/21   https://youtu.be/bCHcxeFV0Wk
09/02/21   https://youtu.be/-3ft62Uu5b4

For updates from the SSMP team, sign up for the Salton Sea Management Program newsletter.

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Community Meetings Set for This Week

Salton Sea Management Program Update – August 31, 2021

Also: SSMP Welcomes New Team Members

Join the Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP) for a community meeting this afternoon or September 2 in the evening.

The meetings provide an opportunity to share experiences, meet new members of the SSMP team, hear more about the process to study water importation concepts and learn more about the long-range planning process the state is launching.

The August 31 meeting begins at 2 p.m. The September 2 meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Attendees will be able to access the meetings through these links at Zoom, Facebook Live (Spanish only), or call in by telephone (888-278-0296, access code 596019). For more information, visit www.saltonsea.ca.gov or email cnra-saltonsea@resources.ca.gov.

SSMP Welcomes New Team Members

To continue delivering critical projects around the Salton Sea, the SSMP is adding two new members to the team.

Photo of James Newcomb

James Newcomb

James Newcomb will serve as an Assistant Deputy Director and lead the Salton Sea team at the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and work with leadership across state government beginning Sept. 1.

Newcomb is an environmental program manager at DWR. He has worked primarily in habitat restoration. He led the development of the Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Implementation plan and has been critical in implementing new infrastructure in the Yolo Bypass to create improved habitat for salmon and sturgeon.

Photo of Miguel Hernández

Miguel Hernández

Starting Sept. 1, life-long Imperial Valley resident Miguel Hernández will be the SSMP’s new public affairs officer at the California Natural Resources Agency.

Hernández will be stationed in Imperial County and will lead the SSMP’s local outreach and communications efforts.

Hernández previously worked as the communications coordinator at Comité Cívico del Valle, a community-based organization that works on environmental justice throughout California. In this capacity, he served as the community chair for the Imperial Valley and East Coachella Valley Environmental Justice Enforcement Task Force, oversaw and coordinated the Salton Sea Community Outreach, Education, and Engagement program, and led advocacy efforts for environmental justice issues affecting disadvantaged communities in California.

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Request for Additional Concepts for Water Importation to the Salton Sea

Salton Sea Management Program Update – August 17, 2021

Also: Upcoming Community Meetings Aug. 31 and Sept. 2

The Independent Review Panel tasked with studying the feasibility of importing water to the Salton Sea is offering an opportunity for parties to submit new or updated information by October 12.

The Panel will accept new concepts for water importation that were not submitted in 2018 as well as updates to the 11 concepts previously submitted. For more information visit the new web page for the Panel.

The Panel is inviting all proposers to present their concepts this fall. The optional 30-minute presentations will allow proposers to highlight their concepts and any new information and field questions from the Panel.

New concepts and updates are due October 12.

Questions for the Independent Review Panel and its support team can be submitted via email to: sslt-eval-input@ucsc.edu. If you submitted a concept in 2018, use this email: link-sslt-eval@ucsc.edu.

A public meeting is planned for early November where the public will have the opportunity to ask questions or give comments about the project to the Panel. Further details will be available soon.

Upcoming Community Meetings Aug. 31 and Sept. 2

The chair of the Independent Review Panel, Dr. Rominder Suri, will attend the upcoming community meetings, August 31 and September 2. Suri will provide information about the water importation feasibility evaluation.

The meetings provide an opportunity to share experiences, meet new members of the SSMP team, hear more about the process to study the water importation concepts and learn more about the long-range planning process the state is launching.

Afternoon and evening meetings are planned. Spanish interpretation will be provided. The August 31 meeting begins at 2 p.m. The September 2 meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.

Attendees will be able to access the meetings through Zoom, Facebook Live (Spanish only), or call in by telephone (888-278-0296, access code 596019). For more information, visit www.saltonsea.ca.gov or email cnra-saltonsea@resources.ca.gov.

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Save the Date for Community Meetings Aug. 31 and Sept. 2

Salton Sea Management Program Update – August 11, 2021

Also: Chair Selected for Independent Review Panel Studying Water Importation; Progress Continues on Species Conservation Habitat Project

 

Save the Date for Community Meetings Aug. 31 and Sept. 2

The Salton Sea Management Program is hosting two virtual community meetings August 31 and September 2 to share updates and hear from residents.

The meetings provide an opportunity to share experiences, meet new members of the SSMP team, hear from experts about the process to study proposals to import water to the Salton Sea and learn more about the long-range planning process the state is launching this summer.

Afternoon and evening meetings are planned so more people can attend. Spanish interpretation will be provided. The August 31 meeting begins at 2 p.m., while the September 2 meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.

Attendees will be able to access the meetings over Zoom, Facebook Live, or call in by telephone (888-278-0296, access code 596019). For more information, visit www.saltonsea.ca.gov or email cnra-saltonsea@resources.ca.gov.

Chair Selected for Independent Review Panel Studying Water Importation

Dr. Rominder Suri, professor and chair of Temple University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will serve as chair of the Independent Review Panel evaluating long-term water import strategies for Salton Sea restoration.

Suri’s leadership from his academic tenure, as well as his National Science Foundation-funded Water and Environmental Technology (WET) Center, give him extensive experience in working with interest groups and facilitating collaborative processes. His work with the USAID-funded Egyptian Center of Excellence for Water has placed him in international settings where diplomacy, as well as technical expertise, are required.

Suri has published papers on water treatment processes. He has studied traditional and novel treatment techniques. His work has resulted in building treatment facilities in Brazil and Ireland. Water quality impacts will be an important consideration in the evaluation of seawater importation concepts for long-term restoration of the Salton Sea.

As the chair of the independent review panel, his duties will include the selection of panel nominees, leading the drafting of reports, setting agendas for and managing all meetings, and supervising all votes and deliberations by the panel.

The water importation concepts will be reviewed by the panel’s experts. The panel will hold its first meeting this fall. At that time, members of the public can share opinions and information about sea water importation options.

Suri will attend the August 31 and September 2 community meetings to provide additional information about the water importation feasibility study.

Progress Continues on Species Conservation Habitat Project

Work continues on the Species Conservation Habitat (SCH) Project with the continuing excavation of an interception ditch to the west and east of the New River and the connection to additional agricultural drains.

Design work for the balance of the project will continue into November.

The SCH Project is at the southern end of the Salton Sea. As the state’s first large-scale project, it will create a network of ponds and wetlands to provide important fish and bird habitat. Also, it will suppress dust emissions, improving air quality as the Salton Sea continues to recede. The project will cover more than 4,100 acres and is expected to be completed in 2023.

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SSMP Seeks Information Officer

Salton Sea Management Program Update – June 4, 2021

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

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

Apply for the Information Officer position by June 11.

Application Deadline Extended for Key Leadership Position

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

Find details about the positions on the SSMP website.

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Roundtable Discussion on Salton Sea Set for May 25

Salton Sea Management Program Update – May 24, 2021

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

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

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

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

Recruiting for SSMP Leadership Positions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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