Salton Sea Public Workshops Provide Details, Seek Input on State’s Salton Sea Management Program

Bruce Wilcox, Assistant Secretary for Salton Sea Policy for the California Natural Resources Agency, presents the State’s Salton Sea Management Program phase one during a public workshop held at the Imperial Irrigation District auditorium in El Centro on June 16.

If you have an interest in learning about the steps the State is taking to address Salton Sea issues, it would be worth attending at least one of a series of community workshops being held almost weekly throughout this summer led by Bruce Wilcox, Assistant Secretary for Salton Sea Policy for California Natural Resources Agency. Working with a Salton Sea Task Force outreach advisory committee, Wilcox has organized these public workshops to introduce what is being touted as Phase One of the State’s Salton Sea Management Program.

Since May, workshops have been held at venues in Imperial County, Riverside County, and will be held in Los Angeles and San Diego later

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Changing Drought Regulations Signal Improved Circumstances, but the Drought Remains Very Real

Lake Mead in May hit its lowest point in May as levels dropped below 1075 feet.

If you follow water news, you may have seen a lot of press coverage lately regarding changing drought restrictions implemented by the California State Water Resources Control Board due to the effects of El Nino rains and snow in Northern California. Here in the Imperial Valley where rain remains scarce it might be hard to imagine that El Nino had much effect at all, but apparently it did. So much so that the State Water Board on May 18 removed the drought plan that called for municipalities to cut water usage by a certain percentage and instead initiated a drought plan that makes conservation situational to each community’s water circumstances. This new plan, which will continue through January 2017, represents an easing of restrictions but it remains to be seen how local agencies will

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