Working with partners and community groups, the SSMP team created a strategic vision for delivering dust suppression and habitat projects in the remaining years of the SSMP Phase I: 10-Year Plan.
The state team has developed a schedule with four tracks to meet the 10-Year Plan commitments. In addition to planning and implementing the Bruchard Road Dust Suppression Project, the Species Conservation Habitat (SCH) project, and the Dust Suppression Action Plan, the state team will begin the public phase of the programmatic environmental document planning for the full 10-Year Plan in March 2020. In addition, the team is starting the process to meet its commitments for long-term planning beyond Phase I.
While the state team implements the Salton Sea Management Program – Phase I: 10-Year Plan, it is simultaneously developing a path forward for long-term restoration and management of the Salton Sea. The state team has launched a process to convene an independent review panel to evaluate water importation as a long-term strategy for restoration of the Salton Sea.
On June 24, 2020, DWR 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.