Salton Sea Management Program – Phase I: 10-Year Plan (2017)

Improving air quality and creating habitat at the Salton Sea are key priorities for Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA). The Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP) Phase 1: 10-Year Plan puts in motion the steps needed to counter impacts of the Salton Sea’s declining size. The loss of water exposes lakebed and threatens to negatively impact air quality for local communities. It also reduces habitat for fish and wildlife.

The team managing the plan includes CNRA, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

The SSMP team released its 10-Year Plan in 2017 and updated it in 2018 to guide the state’s projects over the next decade (2018-2028).

The 10-Year Plan identifies a sequence of habitat and dust control projects around the perimeter of the Salton Sea to mitigate air quality impacts and convert exposed lakebed to either pond habitat suitable for fish and wildlife or to wetland habitats.