New BOR Commissioner Makes Case for New Round of DCP Talks

U.S.Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda W. Burman speaks to the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors and Imperial Valley residents regarding current risks to the Colorado River system on Tuesday, May 22. The presentation was held during an IID Board meeting at the district’s auditorium in El Centro.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda W. Burman spoke of the risk to the Colorado River system and the need for action in the wake of ongoing drought during an Imperial Irrigation District (IID) Board meeting on Tuesday, May 22. In her first presentation to the IID Board of Directors since confirmation as commissioner in November, Burman delivered a sobering message that the time has come to restart the stalled drought contingency planning (DCP) talks, stating a need for action in the next year to address the threat of shortage on the river. Her

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State’s Salton Sea Restoration Plan Faces Questions During State Hearing

Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (third from the left on the dais) questions a panel on the status of the Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP) during a State Legislative Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee hearing May 8 in Sacramento. Garcia, who represents the Imperial and Coachella valleys, raised concerns with the progress of the SSMP and sought information on what steps can be taken to meet restoration milestones at the Sea. Photo from the website of Assemblyman Garcia.

On Tuesday, May 8, the State’s restoration plan, the Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP), was the subject of a Sacramento hearing of the State’s Legislative Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife, chaired by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-56th District, who represents the Imperial and Coachella valleys. Garcia and fellow committee members asked State agencies working on the Salton Sea what support they need from the

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State Water Board Receives Update on Salton Sea Management Program

State Water Resources Control Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus comments on the progress of the State Salton Sea Management Program during a workshop held by the Water Board in Sacramento on March 16.

The State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) spoke of the need to work collaboratively and think creatively to address the challenges ahead at the Salton Sea during the Water Board’s first review of the Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP) Phase 1 progress since approving the Stipulated Order in November. The Stipulated Order set annual milestones for the State’s phased approach to Salton Sea restoration being implemented as the SSMP. Phase 1 of the SSMP is a 10-year plan, which includes creation of 30,000 acres of habitat and dust control projects. During the review held Tuesday, March 20, in Sacramento, the Water Board declared it would review the State’s progress on the

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