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Posted on: June 21, 2016

CVWD hosts Salton Sea management workshop in Palm Desert

Salton Sea

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) is hosting a community workshop during which the most up-to-date information about ongoing Salton Sea management efforts will be presented. The workshop is on Thursday, June 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at CVWD's Steve Robbins Administration Building, 75515 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert.

Bruce Wilcox, Assistant Secretary for Salton Sea Policy at the California Natural Resources Agency (NRA), will be presenting information on specific management projects. There will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide feedback. This workshop is one of many being coordinated by the agency's Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP). Several are in the Coachella and Imperial valleys.

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s Salton Sea Task Force, created in May 2015, has directed agencies to develop a comprehensive management plan for the Sea that will:

  • Meet a short-term goal of 9,000 to 12,000 acres of habitat and dust suppression projects;
  • Set a medium-term plan to construct 18,000 to 25,000 acres of habitat and dust suppression projects.

These goals will be implemented through the SSMP, which is committed to a transparent process with clearly defined goals and measurable objectives aligned with available fiscal and hydrological resources. Progress made by the program will be overseen by the State Water Resources Control Board and California Air Resources Board.

CVWD board members and staff serve as members of the SSMP's many advisory committees, including air quality, project, funding, environmental compliance, public outreach, science advisory and long-range planning.

The Sea is California's largest lake at 35 miles long and 15 miles wide. It extends from the Coachella Valley into the Imperial Valley. Though saltier than the ocean, the Sea supports an abundance of fish, a food source for millions of migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway. The SSMP is managing the Sea's natural, agricultural and municipal water inflows to maximize bird and fish habitat and minimize fine-particle air pollution, enabling California to protect regional health, ecological wealth and a stable water supply.

CVWD has been active for many years in efforts to support these objectives as a founding member of the Salton Sea Authority (SSA), a joint powers authority responsible for overseeing the comprehensive restoration of the Sea. The NRA has been instructed by the State Legislature to develop a realistic and feasible plan for Sea restoration in cooperation and consultation with the SSA.

For additional information about the upcoming community workshop, visit http://resources.ca.gov/salton-sea/ or call Jack Porrelli at (760) 398-2661, extension 2355.

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