Salton Sea Restoration and Renewable Energy Initiative

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In 2003, the state of California assumed responsibility for the restoration of the Salton Sea, if restoration were determined to be feasible. Now, experts who have studied the Salton Sea – both environmental groups and academia – all believe that it is possible to restore the Salton Sea by making it smaller but sustainable. The state of California has the chance to redeem its promise to the people of the Imperial and Coachella valleys, to be their partner in a coordinated and collaborative program that will enhance their quality of life while restoring the natural environment and combatting climate change. 

Projects sited on exposed lakebed will serve a dual purpose: producing renewable energy while doubling as groundcover to mitigate air emissions. Under legislation enacted in 2013, planning and implementing projects at the sea will be driven locally by the Salton Sea Authority, with support from the State of California.

The Initiative will first focus on developing up to 1,700 megawatts of new geothermal energy at the Sea – enough to power more than one million homes. Not only is there more geothermal generating capacity in the Imperial Valley than anywhere else in the U.S., but geothermal energy can be produced with minimal impact on landscape and habitat. It also provides a steady, reliable source of energy to the state electricity grid that is not subject to weather or seasonal fluctuations.

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PRESS RELEASE: Natural Resources Agency Releases 10-Year Plan to Protect Public Health and Habitat at the Salton Sea March 16, 2017

Red Hill Bay - Salton Sea - Drone Footage

Kevin E. Kelley - Climate One Panel Discussion "Killing the Colorado," Feb. 15, 2017

  

To view the full program, click here: https://youtu.be/fIgk4ewa4nw

President Obama at the 20th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, Aug. 31, 2016
To view President Obama's remarks on the Salton Sea, please forward to minute 17:27.

 

State Water Resources Control Board-Board Meeting, Aug. 16, 2016

Little Hoover Commission - Letter to the Governor and Legislature on the Salton Sea [Web Link]

State Water Resources Control Board-Public Workshop, April 19, 2016

Salton Sea Management Program - Community Workshop

Eastern Coachella Valley - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Agenda - English [PDF] Agenda - Spanish [PDF]

Salton Sea Public Workshop - April 11, 2016
Agenda [PDF] Flyer - English/Spanish [PDF]

God, Water and the Imperial Valley by Kevin Kelley   

  

 

   God, Water and the Imperial Valley by Kevin Kelley [PDF] March 2016

Graphic representation of the QSA water transfer on the Salton Sea.

 

           

 

State Water Resources Control Board-Public Workshop, Jan. 5, 2016

IID and Imperial County Joint SWRCB Letter for Jan. 5, 2016 Workshop [PDF] 12-30-2015
Governor Brown Signs Legislation, Announces New Actions To Protect Salton Sea [PDF] 10-9-2015

State Water Resources Control Board-Public Forum, Sept. 16, 2015

Framework Document
 One Page Framework Summary [PDF] 7/28/2015
 Executive White Paper (9.96 MB) [PDF] 7/28/2015
 SSRREI Framework Document - Part 1 of 2 (18.6 MB) [PDF] 7/28/2015
 SSRREI Framework Document - Part 2 of 2 (18.3 MB) [PDF] 7/28/2015
 Digital Comment Card [online form] 7/28/2015
 
Brochure, Factsheets, Q&As, FAQs
Factsheet - The Benefits of the QSA [PDF] 12/3/2014
Factsheet - A Call to Action for California [PDF] 11/18/2014
Adaptive Management Program: A Roadmap to Developing and Managing Projects Around the Salton Sea [PDF] 10/21/2014
Factsheet - Adaptive Management Program: A Roadmap to Developing and Managing Projects Around the Salton Sea [PDF] 10/21/2014
Brochure - A Solution to Restoring the Salton Sea Lies Within the Sea Itself [PDF]
Factsheet - A Solution to Restoring the Salton Sea Lies Within the Sea Itself [PDF]
Factsheet - 2003 Quantification Settlement Agreement: Questions & Answers [PDF]
Factsheet - What Others Are Saying About The Salton Sea [PDF]
Factsheet - Unlocking the Salton Sea's Renewable Energy Potential [PDF] 
Factsheet - Exporting Renewable Energy: Strategic Transmission Expansion Plan [PDF]
MOU
Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Salton Sea Stabilization and Restoration 10/24/2013 [PDF]
Factsheet - Agreement on Salton Sea Stabilization and Restoration [PDF]
Factsheet - FAQs - Memorandum of Understanding - Salton Sea Stabilization and Restoration [PDF]
Other Documents
Tourism Economics: The Potential Economic Impact of the Salton Sea on the Greater Palm Springs Tourism Industry [PDF] 12/2014
Presentation - Public Workshops - IID and Salton Sea Authority [PDF] 5/2015
Public Workshops - IID and Salton Sea Authority [PDF] 4/29/2015
LA Times Editorial - Saving the Salton Sea is smart environmental policy [PDF] 3/15/2015
Support Letter to the State Water Resources Control Board - Support for Imperial Irrigation District Request to Convene a Collaborative Process [PDF] 2/18/2015
State Water Resources Control Board - Notice of Public Workshop - Solicitation of Comments Regarding the Status of the Salton Sea and Revised Order WRO 2002-0013 [PDF] 2/6/2015
Salton Sea Solutions Issues [PDF] 1/25/2015
State Water Resources Control Board Petition [PDF] 11/18/2014
Executive Summary - Pacific Institute Report - Hazard's Toll - The Costs of Inaction at the Salton Sea [PDF] September 2014
Geothermal Energy Association - Economic Cost and Benefits of Geothermal Power [PDF] June 2014
Geothermal Energy Association - Ten Important Facts to Know about Geothermal Power in 2014 [PDF] June 2014
Formal Endorsements - Salton Sea Restoration and Renewable Energy Initiative [PDF] 5/16/2014
SCAG Spotlight E-Newsletter: Salton Sea Restoration Update [PDF] February 2014
EES Consulting: Salton Sea Revenue Potential Study [PDF] 12/10/2013
Water Education Foundation - River Report: "Finding a Solution for the Salton Sea" Summer 2013
“Defenders of Wildlife: "Powering Up at the Salton Sea?” 7/29/2013