Riverside County teams up with Coachella Valley Water District to work to develop a plan to restore the Salton Sea

COACHELLA – Riverside County and the Coachella Valley Water District are slated to work with the state in developing a plan to restore the Salton Sea, following Gov. Jerry Brown’s announcement today that he has signed a bill authored by Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez, D-Coachella.

The new law is geared toward replacing the Salton Sea Restoration Council, which Brown disbanded in 2012. Riverside County and the local irrigation district are among the five entities comprising the Salton Sea Authority.

The new law set up the Authority to work with the state’s Natural Resources Agency in coming up with what Perez’s office calls a ”realistic restoration plan for the Sea.” It authorizes the Authority to consult with the California Natural Resources Agency to explore ways to fund a restoration project on a long-term basis.

Perez stressed that the law will give local stakeholders more say in how the Salton Sea will be revitalized.

”Our Salton Sea governance proposal ensures local participation in Salton Sea restoration and assures funding for a feasibility study that will help to identify fundable restoration alternatives,” Perez said in a statement. ”This approach won broad consensus among stakeholders last year.”

Declining water levels, increased salinity and pesticide-laden runoff from agricultural fields are combining to threaten the Salton Sea, which is temporary home to millions of migrating birds each year.

Along with Riverside County and the Coachella Valley Water District, the Salton Sea Authority will include Imperial County, the Imperial Irrigation District and the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians, who have a reservation along the sea.

2 Responses to "Riverside County teams up with Coachella Valley Water District to work to develop a plan to restore the Salton Sea"

  1. Robert Kinkade   February 8, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    What is needed is water storage at a higher level such as a dam in the Santa Rosa Mountains that would suffer much less evaporation than the Salton Sea… It seems obvious the best place for a dam would be Coyote Canyon which is only about 40 miles from the Salton Sea and is the most logical place to store some and rain water captured by the mountains. Every year it rains and snows in Anza and much of this water either goes to ground or down Coyote Canyon. Further, given the downhill slope from the top of coyote Canyon to the Salton Sea water pumps might not be necessary.

    Of course we all know there is a fault that runs near Coyote Canyon, but given the newest technology used in such places as Japan, China etc. where large earthquakes occur, construction could be successful if properly planned and initiated.

    This would solve several problems, first the issue of water and water rights in the Anza Valley, a large lake in the area of coyote Canyon in Terwilliger. Next, it would provide an auxiliary water supply for the Salton Sea which could alleviate the current deterioration of that body of water. Third, not unlike Lake Hemet or Vail lake it could provide recreational facilities that would attract more money to the Valley spent on recreation.

    Pres. Trump’s talking about redoing the infrastructure United States, somebody should approach him and try to get something like the coyote Canyon reservoir and Dam, Built! If your looking for a solution here’s one that would work!!!!!!

  2. Robert Kinkade   February 8, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    The best location seems to be Clark Valley in the Anza Borrego Desert state park. The State already owns this land which sits on the border of Riverside and San Diego Counties. water diverted down Coyote Canyon to this currently empty area could provide a water storage large storage area in a Dam was built in that Canyon.

    Roads from the Anza/ Terwilliger area and others from Borrego springs and Salton sea could provide access to sufficient water storage location at a higher level which could be used to replenish the Salton Sea when necessary!


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