The Red Hill Bay Restoration Project will restore and improve wetland habitat. This site will serve as a field laboratory; water quality will be monitored closely for selenium and other water quality constituents. This information will be useful when developing future Salton Sea Restoration projects. The Red Hill Bay project is important because it could prove the viability of covering the lakebed with small wetlands. The plan is to cover 420 acres of exposed lakebed with water from the lake and the nearby Alamo River, creating wetland habitat for migratory birds and suppressing toxic dust that would otherwise pollute the air. The wetland project would leave space for energy companies to tap the potent geothermal reservoir beneath the ground, a top priority for local officials.