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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COLAB Event Offers Glimpse of Imperial Valley’s Progress

Imperial Irrigation District Board Chairman James Hanks addresses a gathering of local business, farming and civic leaders at the annual COLAB breakfast held Friday, March 16, at Stockmen’s Club in Brawley.

The Imperial County and Imperial Irrigation District (IID)’s message was hopeful and focused on progress in the Imperial Valley at the 2018 Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business (COLAB) breakfast event held at Stockmen’s Club in Brawley on Friday, March 16. It also highlighted the host of challenges faced by the county and IID, some of which—like the Salton Sea—are common to both agencies.

Imperial County Supervisors Chairman Ray Castillo was the first to speak. In his opening remarks, he reported that the county’s unemployment rate has dropped to 17 percent, down from prior months and years when unemployment has lingered over 20 percent in the county. For those outside

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