Clearing the Record: SDCWA Has Invested in Seawater Desalination and Other Key Water Management Projects

In this April 2019 photo, a group of Imperial Valley representatives are pictured together with San Diego County Water Authority Board members and staff during a tour of the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, the largest such seawater desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere. The Water Authority has hosted annual tours (prior to COVID-19) for Imperial Valley representatives to visit the plant and other local water management and supply projects in the San Diego region. Likewise, the Water Authority Board has taken part in tours in the Imperial Valley as part of an ongoing effort to develop a better understanding of regional water issues affecting both the Valley and San Diego.

Recently, there was some discussion on social media locally that
suggested the San Diego County Water Authority should invest in seawater
desalination and consider other supply development in the San Diego region. This
blog is in response to that important dialogue

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State Water Resources Control Board Supportive of California Natural Resources Agency’s Progress on SSMP

Pictured is a portion of a ground roughening dust suppression project implemented by the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) at the Salton Sea on the sea’s southern end. To date, IID, working as part of the Quantification Settlement Agreement Joint Powers Authority made of up IID, the San Diego County Water Authority, Coachella Valley Water District and the state, has implemented some 2,000 acres of projects on exposed playa with another 7,000 acres in planning phases. Meanwhile, the California Natural Resources Agency is taking steps to implement its Salton Sea Management Plan (SSMP), a phased approach to restoration at the sea. On Aug. 19, the State Water Resources Control Board held a virtual workshop to receive an update on the SSMP.

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) voiced support during a workshop held Aug. 19 for the most recent steps taken by the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) to implement

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Lake Mead Reaches Highest Level in Years Despite Continued Dry Conditions

This photo taken at Lake Mead in February shows the impacts of the prolonged drought on the reservoir, which serves the California water agencies that depend on the Colorado River for some or all of their water. However, there is positive news as the elevation at Lake Mead has reached its highest point since 2014, and that is due in large part to efforts in California to reduce water use and conserve, record levels of storage from California in the reservoir in 2019, and the implementation of the Drought Contingency Plan.
Photo Courtesy of the San Diego County Water Authority

During these challenging times when so many are affected by
the Coronavirus, it becomes even more critical that essential services are
there to meet community needs. One of those essential services is the
availability of water. With so much attention focused on the pandemic, it might
be easy to forget that the Colorado River

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