Water Authority Applauds Renewed State Commitment to Restoring the Salton Sea

Bruce Wilcox, assistant secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency in charge of Salton Sea Policy, speaks during the California Water Resources Control Board hearing on the Salton Sea today, Nov. 7, in Los Angeles. The State Water Board has voted in favor of a revised order that supports the 2003 Colorado River Quantification Settlement Agreement and sets milestones for the State to meet in addressing restoration at the Sea.

The San Diego County Water Authority today commended the State Water Resources Control Board for setting annual milestones for state restoration activities at the Salton Sea and a Dec. 31, 2022, deadline for the state to deliver long-term Salton Sea restoration plans.

At its meeting in Los Angeles, the State Water Board revised its 2002 order that approved the nation’s largest

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Critical State Water Board Vote on Salton Sea Set for Nov. 7 and 8.

The Salton Sea as pictured from Obsidian Butte in the sea’s southeast section. In the distance is a geothermal plant.

The California Water Resources Control Board (the Board) has announced it will hold a public hearing during its regularly scheduled board session on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8.  During this meeting, the Board will consider action on a Draft Stipulated Order amending the 2002 Water Rights Order that approved the long-term transfer of water from the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) to the San Diego County Water Authority (Water Authority). The amended order, if approved, would further address the Salton Sea, establishing annual milestones the State must meet as part of its Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP) Phase One Ten-Year Plan. The two-day meeting will be held at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Los Angeles headquarters.

The Board scheduling a vote on the Draft Stipulated Order is

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Water Authority Holds Tour Of Critical Water Projects For Imperial Valley representatives

Participants in the San Diego County Water Authority’s Oct. 19, 2017, tour for Imperial Valley representatives pose for a group photograph atop the San Vicente Dam. Along with a tour of the dam raise project, attendees visited the Claude A. “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant and the East County Advanced Water Purification Pilot Program facility.

The Water Authority thanks the 25 representatives from throughout the Imperial Valley who participated in a tour Thursday (Oct. 19) of Water Authority projects in the San Diego region. Representatives from the Imperial Irrigation District, Imperial County, the agricultural and business communities, cities and chambers all joined in the day-long tour. They were joined by Water Authority General Manager Maureen Stapleton and Assistant General Manager Dan Denham, along with Water Authority Board Chairman Mark Muir and Board Members Doug Wilson and Lois Fong-Sakai. Several Water Authority staff also took part in the tour.

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