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|January 20, 2018|
Lifeline becomes initial step to save Salton Sea
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – A 10-year plan to restore the Salton Sea has been approved by the State Water Resources Control Board. The plan would protect public health and the critical Pacific flyway habitat.
The Salton Sea Management Plan is the forerunner to creation of a long-term plan by 2022 to guide work beyond the initial 10 years.
The state of California has committed more than $80 million in voter-approved bond funds to restore habitat and suppress dust at the lake in the near term. A $14 million grant from the state Wildlife Conservation Board helps to fund habitat conservation at the Salton Sea, and the Salton Sea Authority will administer a $7.5 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant for water conservation, wetland creation, and air quality mitigation.
“Restoration of a smaller but sustainable Salton Sea is critical to protecting air quality for Imperial and Coachella valley residents and maintaining valuable wildlife habitat,” said California Secretary for Environmental Protection Matthew Rodriquez. “This consensus agreement shows the way forward, while the State Water Board’s oversight provides the transparency and accountability to ensure we meet its goals.”
Story Date: November 13, 2017