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9/7/17 – SWRCB Public Workshop. The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) will hold a public workshop to receive information and solicit public input regarding the Salton Sea Management Program and Draft Stipulated Order for Future Action by the Board at its regularly scheduled meeting. Read more.


3/16/17 – IID Press Release – IID, Imperial County file Salton Sea motion with State Water Board. With less than 10 months remaining of mitigation water to the Salton Sea, the Imperial Irrigation District and Imperial County filed a motion with the State Water Resources Control Board requesting that an evidentiary hearing on the district’s 2014 Salton Sea petition be held by July 17, 2017. Read more.


3/16/17 – California Natural Resources Agency Press Release – Natural Resources Agency Releases 10-Year Plan to Protect Public Health and Habitat at the Salton Sea. Shoreline likely to recede over the next decade at the northern and southern ends of the Salton Sea will be targeted for habitat and dust-suppression projects under a 10-year plan released today by the California Natural Resources Agency. Read more.


2/15/17 – Climate One – Killing the Colorado. How is the Colorado River connected to California’s other water concerns such as the Delta Tunnels and Salton Sea? Join us for a conversation about protecting the water many westerners take for granted and restoring one of the country’s great waterways. Watch now.


1/29/17 – The Desert Review – Australian Company says Imperial Valley Could be World Leader in Geothermal. Scientists and local geothermal officials agree that the Salton Sea is one of the world’s most active regions for geothermal development with the potential of becoming a leader and home to some of the nation’s largest geothermal power plants and mining operations. Read more.


1/28/17 – Today Show – California’s Salton Sea is drying up, creating health problems for families. The Salton Sea, California’s largest lake, is drying up and leaving behind a salty cesspool. The Weather Channel’s Dave Markoff reports for TODAY on the $2 billion plan to contain dangerous dust. Read more.


1/27/17 – Imperial Valley Press – Salton Sea Authority given update on state’s Salton Sea management program. The Salton Sea Authority held its first meeting of the year Thursday at the North Shore Yacht Club in Mecca with the intention of giving the people around the sea an opportunity to learn more about the current restoration efforts. Read more.


1/26/17 – PE – Here’s what Riverside County wants from Washington and Sacramento. Saving the Salton Sea and getting more funding for Inland public services are among the goals outlined in a wide-ranging wish list from Riverside County officials. Read more.


1/20/17 – The Desert Sun – Big unfinished business for Trump: Colorado River deals, the shrinking Salton Sea. Two days before President Donald Trump’s inauguration, outgoing Interior Secretary Sally Jewell laid out a game plan for averting serious water shortages along the Colorado River. Read more.


1/14/17 – Los Angeles Times – Australian firm plans nation’s largest geothermal plant in Imperial Valley. In California’s southeastern desert, where an abundance of clean energy boils just beneath the surface, two start-up firms aim to build the nation’s largest geothermal power plant and mining operation. Read more.


1/11/17 – KXO Radio – Salton Sea Takes a Hit in Budget Proposal. Governor issues new spending plan…The Budget is for fiscal year 2017-2018. Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia issued his comments on the new plan. Read more.


12/31/16 – Imperial Valley Press – Salton Sea saw more activity in 2016, still much left to do in ahead of 2018. One year from now, mitigation water deliveries to the Salton Sea will cease, the already rapidly receding shoreline will begin to dry up much faster and the toxic dust emissions that it brings will turn into a bigger concern for the Valley residents’ health. Read more.


12/23/16 – The Sacramento Bee – To solve the West’s water problems, California needs to solve the Salton Sea. Once dreamed of as a Riviera, the Salton Sea has become a decaying, smelly mess largely written off by the state of California. But in the West’s deeply interconnected water system, a decision to accept the Salton Sea’s decline risks not only the resilience of California’s water supplies, but those of 36 million residents of the United States and Mexico. Read more.


11/16/16 – IID Press Release – IID calls for immediate action, roadmap for smaller, sustainable Salton Sea. Imperial Irrigation District officials, Tuesday, appeared before the State Water Resources Control Board to request the state board take immediate and definitive action before the end of 2016 to adopt a 10-year roadmap for Salton Sea restoration that will hold the State accountable in meeting its Salton Sea obligations. Read more.


7/1/16 – Desert Sun – California will spend $80 million on the Salton Sea. The lake’s looming problems will require much more. California has budgeted more money than ever before for the Salton Sea, allocating $80.5 million in the coming year to start building canals and artificial wetlands along portions of the receding shoreline. Read more.


6/28/16 – Imperial Valley Press – Energy Briefs: Little Hoover Commission adds pressure to state for Salton Sea action Last Friday the vice chair of the Little Hoover Commission Jack Flanigan sent a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown and top legislators from the state senate and assembly to urge the state to take a more proactive approach to act on the quickly receding Salton Sea. Read more.


6/24/16 – Little Hoover Commission – Letter to the Governor and Legislature on Salton Sea The Little Hoover Commission has released its letter to the Governor and Legislature following its April 2016 revisit of its 2015 Salton Sea report, Averting Disaster: Action Now for the Salton SeaRead more.


5/12/16 – Pacific Institute – Can We See Real Progress at the Salton Sea? In Salt Dreams, Bill DeBuys writes, “In low places consequences collect.” Southern California’s Salton Sea collects and manifests the hydrologic consequences of intensive agriculture in the Colorado River basin, the leaching of salts and selenium from ancient sea-beds now elevated high in the Colorado Plateau, as well as the fertilizers and pesticides running off of the fields in the Imperial, Coachella, and Mexicali valleys. Read more.


5/11/16 – Desert Sun – Salton Sea a concern for IID in Colorado River talks Much of the water that California receives from the Colorado River flows to the Imperial Valley, where canals spread out across fields of hay, wheat and vegetables of all sorts, from carrots to broccoli. Read more.


4/25/16 – Little Hoover Commission – Public Hearing Revisiting the Salton Sea Strategic Management The hearing will be broadcast live on CalChannel. Read more.


4/19/16 – Public viewing of SWRCB workshop The State Water Resources Control Board will conduct a public workshop in Sacramento on April 19, 2016, to receive information regarding the status of the Salton Sea Management Program from the California Natural Resources Agency. IID and the County of Imperial invite the public to view the workshop at William R. Condit Auditorium. Read more.


4/13/16 – Salton Sea Management Program – Community Workshop Eastern Coachella Valley The California Natural Resources Agency is conducting a series of workshops to provide information to the public about the Salton Sea Management Program and welcomes public comments and questions on proposed projects. Read more (English). Read more (Spanish).


4/11/16 – Imperial Valley Press – Community offers input on Salton Sea; bigger outreach needed Community members and stakeholders had an opportunity to learn more about the latest developments regarding the Salton Sea and shared input and concerns they have as the Salton Sea Management Program moves forward. Read more.


4/11/16 – Salton Sea Public Workshop The Imperial County Board of Supervisors and the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors are hosting a joint public workshop to hear updates from state and federal agencies on Salton Sea related activities. To view the agenda, click hereRead more.


4/10/16 – Imperial Valley Press – Shovel-ready projects announced by state The California Natural Resources Agency unveiled on Friday the list of projects that are in the final planning, environmental review or permitting phase as precluded by Assembly Bill 1095, which was authored by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia. Read more.


3/22/16 – Notice of Public Workshop – Update Regarding the Status of the Salton Sea Management Program NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) will hold a public workshop at their regularly scheduled Board Meeting to receive information and solicit public input regarding the status of the Salton Sea Management Program. Read more.


3/16/16 – Imperial Valley Press – IID approves agreement to bring another geothermal plant to Salton Sea area The Imperial Irrigation District on Tuesday approved a lease agreement with Controlled Thermal Resources, for the company to begin development of Salton Sea land to build a new geothermal power plant. Read more.


3/16/16 – Desert Sun – Salton Sea could get new geothermal power plant An Australian company hopes to build a massive geothermal power plant by the Salton Sea, in a development that could raise hopes for clean energy advocates and supporters of Salton Sea restoration. Read more.


3/16/16 – Joint Press Release – IID and Imperial County launch SaltonSeaNow.com campaign Recognizing the importance of 2015 and 2016 at the Salton Sea, Imperial Irrigation District and Imperial County have joined forces on a new public awareness effort to highlight the challenges, recent success and progress being made to restore the Salton Sea, avert a public health crisis and develop renewable energy in the region. Read more.


2/26/16 – Desert Sun – Big projects floated to save the Salton Sea Although there are some short- and medium-term fixes already in the works, the job of saving the Salton Sea is a long-term proposition – one that requires planning well into the next decades. Read more.


2/25/16 – Imperial Valley Press – Sea to Sea project presented to Long Range Plan Committee Jennings and Johnson partnership and members of the Cucapah tribe from Mexicali addressed the Long Range Plan Committee from the California Natural Resources Agency to urge the committee to take the Sea to Sea concept into consideration for the long term Salton Sea Restoration plan. Read more.


1/8/16 – Desert Sun – Gov. Jerry Brown proposes $80 million to aid Salton Sea Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a $122.6 billion budget Thursday that sets aside more funding during the 2016-17 fiscal year for education, health care and infrastructure as well as emergency wildfire services and the Salton Sea. Read more.


1/7/16 – Imperial Valley Press – SWRCB commits to take bigger role in Salton Sea Restoration The State Water Resources Control Board finally affirmed its commitment to find a solution for the Salton Sea during the board’s Salton Sea workshop on Tuesday. Read more.


1/6/16 – Desert Sun – IID presses California to pay for Salton Sea fixes There’s been a lot of progress at the Salton Sea in the last year, but local officials and activists aren’t taking anything for granted. Read more.


1/5/16 – Video – State Water Resources Control Board Public Workshop – IID/Imperial County Testimony A delegation of members of the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors and the Imperial County Board of Supervisors appeared before the State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento at a public workshop during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5, where the water board received updates regarding the status of actions identified by the Salton Sea Task Force. Watch now.


1/4/16 – Joint Press Release  Imperial delegation to address State Water Board regarding Salton Sea A delegation of members of the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors and the Imperial County Board of Supervisors will appear before the State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento at a public workshop during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5, where the water board will receive updates regarding the status of actions identified by the Salton Sea Task Force. Read more.


12/4/15 – Notice of Public Workshop Update Regarding the Status of Agency Actions by the Salton Sea Task Force NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) will hold a public workshop at their regularly scheduled Board Meeting to receive an update from four agencies and receive input from the public regarding the status of agency actions identified by the Salton Sea Task Force. Read more.


10/9/15 – Governor Brown Signs Legislation, Announces New Actions To Protect Salton Sea As water levels in the Salton Sea continue to drop, exposing thousands of acres of barren shoreline, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced action on legislation – AB 1095 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) – and a series of measures to help protect Salton Sea habitat and air quality in nearby communities. Read more.


9/16/15 – Video – State Water Resources Control Board-Public Forum Video from the SWRCB meeting held on Sept. 16, 2015. Watch now.


9/16/15 – IID Press Release – IID and Imperial County address state water board on Salton Sea The During a regular meeting of the State Water Resources Control Board today, Imperial Irrigation District General Manager Kevin Kelley and Imperial County Executive Officer Ralph Cordova pressed the water board for additional action at the Salton Sea. Read more.


7/28/15 – Video – IID Board Meeting – SSRREI Framework Update In taking the next steps to avert the impending demise of the Salton Sea, eventual public health crisis and spur carbon-free energy development for California, the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors has released a new framework document that provides a comprehensive vision and specific actions in support of its Salton Sea Restoration and Renewable Energy Initiative. Watch now.


7/22/15 – Draft SSRREI Framework Document The SSRREI is intended to aid strategic decision making regarding planning and developing renewable energy resources and habitat restoration at the Salton Sea while incorporating air quality mitigation measures to protect human health. Read more.


7/22/15 – Draft SSRREI Executive White Paper The Salton Sea is shrinking. By mid-century, the Salton Sea is expected to shrink by about 100 square miles – an area approximately the size of the City of Sacramento. If California does not take immediate action, we will find ourselves facing an environmental catastrophe. Read more.


7/17/15 – MSNBC.com – California’s largest lake on the brink of environmental disaster Once a bustling tourist destination attracting more visitors than Yosemite, the Salton Sea is now fighting for survival. Watch now.


7/16/15 – IID Press Release  IID files antitrust lawsuit against CAISO The Imperial Irrigation District filed civil litigation in U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, against the California Independent System Operator Corp. for its deliberate and systematic marginalization of IID, its ratepayers and all renewable energy generators seeking to develop projects in the district’s service area. Read more.


7/14/15 – KESQ.com – Part 2 The Salton Sea Countdown to Disaster There are similarities between Owens Lake and the Salton Sea. And the dust concerns encircle both area. But due to the size, and the ticking hands of time, the Salton Sea offers much greater problems from sunrise to sunset. Watch now.


7/13/15 – KESQ.com – Lessons to be learned for the Salton Sea The Salton Sea is a ticking time bomb. We’ve been hearing the warnings for years. The Salton Sea will turn into a dangerous dust bowl. We decided to get a close look at a similar case in California that many believe is the best example of the environmental disaster that could happen in our backyard. Watch now.


6/23/15 – IID Press Release  IID addresses legislative committee regarding renewable energy solutions at Salton Sea At the request of the California State Assembly Select Committee on Renewable Energy Development and Restoration of the Salton Sea, Kevin E. Kelley, general manager of the Imperial Irrigation District, served as a panelist during Tuesday’s assembly committee hearing “Achieving a Low-Carbon Reliable Grid and the Role of the Salton Sea” where he spoke about pertinent renewable energy issues in the context of the declining sea. Read more.


6/3/15 – Associated Press – History of the Salton Sea For centuries, the Colorado River periodically emptied into a body of water known as Lake Cahuilla on the northern reaches of the Gulf of California. The Salton Sea was created there in 1905 when the river breached a dike and flooded for two years, bringing farm settlers to the Imperial Valley in California’s southeast corner. Read more.


4/29/15 – Public Workshops – IID and Salton Sea Authority IID and the Salton Sea Authority will present workshops detailing the Salton Sea Restoration
& Renewable Energy Initiative and the Salton Sea Funding and Feasibility Action Plan. Read more.


4/15/15 – Little Hoover Commission – Public Hearing on the Salton Sea On Tuesday, April 28, 2015, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing on the Salton Sea. The hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the auditorium of the University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert Campus. Read more.


3/15/15 – Los Angeles Times – Saving the Salton Sea is smart environmental policy They don’t like to hear this kind of talk in the rich agricultural lands of the Imperial Valley, but the Salton Sea was a big mistake. It was dry desert land before 1905, when the Colorado River punched through poorly constructed irrigation levees and flowed for two years into a giant below-sea-level depression. Read more.


2/18/15 – Support Letter to the State Water Resources Control Board – Support for Imperial Irrigation District Request to Convene a Collaborative Process On behalf of Audubon California, Defenders of Wildlife, the Pacific Institute and Sierra Club California, we write to thank you and the State Water Resources Control Board for scheduling a public workshop on March 18 regarding the status of the Salton Sea and Revised Order WRO 2002-0013. Read more.


2/9/15 – IID Press Release – State water board sets Salton Sea public workshop for March 18 The State Water Resources Control Board gave notice on its website Friday of a public workshop to be held Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in response to the Imperial Irrigation District’s petition regarding the state’s unmet restoration obligation at the Salton Sea. Read more.


2/6/15 – Notice of Public Workshop – Solicitation of Comments Regarding the Status of the Salton Sea and Revised Order WRO 2002-0013 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) will hold a public workshop to receive information and solicit public input regarding the provisions of the State Water Resources Control Board’s (State Water Board or Board) decision relating to the Salton Sea and whether the State Water Board should take further actions to address the Salton Sea’s future. Read more.


2/3/15 – IID & Imperial County Joint News Release – IID and Imperial County announce QSA coordinated cases settlement The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors and the Imperial County Board of Supervisors today announced a settlement agreement that will bring to an end the litigation that has pitted them against each other for more than 12 years. Read more.


1/25/15 – IID Press Release – Salton Sea Solutions Issues The following are key excerpts with links to the complete articles from the Sunday, Jan. 25 Desert Sun Editorial Board opinion piece and viewpoint by IID General Manager Kevin E. Kelley to the Desert Sun newspaper, Palm Springs, Calif., regarding important Salton Sea issues. Read more.


1/7/15 – Imperial Valley Press – Imperial County, IID officials respond to Gov. Jerry Brown’s energy plan Imperial Irrigation District and Imperial County officials agree that the county is on track to reach a 2020 goal where 33 percent of electricity in the state comes from renewable energy, and as Gov. Jerry Brown proposes to increase that to 50 percent by 2030, they are confident Imperial County can do its part. Read more.


12/1/14 – Tourism Economics – The Potential Economic Impact of the Salton Sea on the Greater Palm Springs Tourism Industry This study seeks to understand the potential damage to the tourism industry of the Greater Palm Springs region over a five-year scenario in which the degradation of the Salton Sea continues without effective remediation. Read more.


11/18/14 – IID Press Release – IID petitions State Water Board to take action at the Salton Sea The Imperial Irrigation District today submitted a petition to the State Water Resources Control Board to exercise its continuing authority over the nation’s largest agricultural-to-urban water transfer and avert an emerging environmental and public-health crisis at the Salton Sea. Read more.


10/21/14 – IID Press Release – IID Board approves RFP selection providing roadmap for Salton Sea Restoration and Renewable Energy Initiative The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors today approved the selection of a consulting firm that will provide direction and detailed analysis for restoration and renewable energy development at the Salton Sea. Read more.


9/7/14 – Imperial Valley Press  A Reader Writes: The Salton Sea Initiative and SB 1139: The problem remains even if the bill doesn’t It is easy to view the quiet end to Senate Bill 1139, which would have required California’s investor-owned utilities to procure up to 500 megawatts of new geothermal energy in the next 10 years, as an outright rejection of this renewable resource for all time. Similarly, although the bill was silent on where this new generation would come from, it won’t be a stretch for some to see it as the death knell of the Salton Sea. Read more.


8/18/14 – Sacramento Business Journal  Rich in lithium, Coachella could be what Tesla is seeking Though it’s impossible to know what Tesla Motors is thinking for the ultimate location of a gigantic battery factory, the Coachella Valley has entered the mix of possible California contenders due to a vast natural supply of lithium in the region’s Salton Sea. Read more.


8/14/14 – IID Press Release – Geothermal bill closer to becoming law Proposed legislation that would diversify California’s energy portfolio by requiring energy retail sellers to procure 500 megawatts of electricity from baseload geothermal power plants in the next 10 years continues to move through the state Legislature. Read more.


8/2/14 – The Sacramento Bee – Viewpoints: Geothermal energy could help land Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ Chevron, eBay and Toyota are just three companies that have left California for Texas, taking hundreds of jobs with them. Headlines are chock-full of many other companies looking to the Lone Star State. Read more.


6/26/14 – IID Press Release – Assembly Natural Resources Committee approves proposed geothermal bill: SB 1139 to go before Assembly Appropriations Committee in August For the second time in a week, a State Assembly committee has held hearings and passed Imperial Irrigation District-endorsed Senate Bill 1139 – proposed new legislation that would diversify California’s energy portfolio by requiring energy retail sellers to procure 500 megawatts of electricity from baseload geothermal power plants in the next 10 years. Read more.


6/23/14 – Today’s study: The great bargain in geothermal energy: Benjamin Matek and Karl Gawell, June 2014 (Geothermal Energy Association) This paper examines current publicly available research that assesses the economic costs and benefits of geothermal energy. GEA, as a matter of policy, does not utilize unpublished or proprietary information regarding power prices or bids. Utilizing published sources also ensures accuracy and fairness of the paper. Read more.


6/23/14 –  FierceEnergy – New technology driving geothermal Despite high upfront capital costs, geothermal power is the only form of renewable electricity capable of achieving high capacity utilization and supply base load — putting it in a unique market position and allowing it to compete with conventional and non-conventional sources of power generation. Read more.


6/22/14 –  Imperial Valley Press – Our View: Geothermal bill good for the Valley, good for the state Senate Bill 1139, the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program, was tailor-made for the Imperial Valley, as it focuses on the proliferation of the geothermal industry as an eventual revenue-generator for helping the Salton Sea. Read more.


6/9/14 – Renewable Energy World – Landmark Legislation Could Put Geothermal Back on Track for California The California Assembly is up next to consider a 500-megawatt (MW)-by-2024 geothermal procurement bill. This follows the May 28 passage of S.B. 1139 by the state Senate in a 21-11 vote. Electricity procured under this new geothermal bill would be separate from RPS-counted electricity. Read more.


6/2014 – Geothermal Energy Association – Ten Important Facts to Know about California’s Geothermal Power in 2014 1. There is about 2,720 MW of geothermal power on-line in California producing 13,230 GWh in 2012 which was 4.4% of the state’s power mix. Read more.


5/29/14 – IID Press Release – California Senate approves SB 1139 Legislation authored by state Senator Ben Hueso and co-authored by Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez that calls for the three investor-owned utilities in California to procure 500 megawatts of new geothermal energy generation over the next 10 years cleared the Senate yesterday and will next be taken up by the Assembly. Read more.


5/16/14 – IID Press Release – SCAG endorses IID plan for Salton Sea restoration and renewable energy development Earlier this month, the General Assembly of the Southern California Association of Governments, a joint powers authority encompassing six counties (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura), adopted a resolution supporting the Imperial Irrigation District’s Salton Sea Restoration and Renewable Energy Initiative. Read more. 


2/27/14 – IID Press Release – Imperial Irrigation District, Imperial County Share Vision for Salton Sea’s Future at Congressional Briefing Imperial Irrigation District and Imperial County officials participated in a congressional briefing today with federal, state and local officials on the current progress and future potential of the Salton Sea. The briefing was hosted by Sen. Barbara Boxer. Read more. 


2/2014 – SCAG Spotlight E-Newsletter – Salton Sea Restoration Update The RC today heard an update on the status of restoring the Salton Sea. Read more.


Summer 2013 – Water Education Foundation– River Report: “Finding a Solution for the Salton Sea For decades, it’s been known that absent dramatic and sustained action, the Salton Sea would become an uninhabitable place for fish and birds as the terminal lake’s salinity level spiked. Read more.


7/29/2013 – Defenders of Wildlife – Powering Up at the Salton Sea The excessive heat warnings are not the only reason the Salton Sea is appearing in the news this summer. Read more.