“Located in the Imperial and Coachella [valleys] of Southern California, the Salton Sea represents one of the most abundant and underutilized sources of renewable energy in the state, including the most prolific geothermal capacity in the world. Geothermal plants supply base load power, electricity that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

California State Senate Select Committee
on California’s Energy Independence

“What we have in this Valley is the largest renewable resource potential in the entire state…Right here, in your backyard, you have the potential here to not only take California above 33 percent, but to also transform the economy of this region and this state.”

California Senate President
Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg

“I firmly believe that Salton Sea geothermal resources can help anchor Southern California energy needs, improve air quality, and maintain the state’s progress in reducing greenhouse gases, while facilitating the growth of the desert renewable energy economy.”

California State Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez

“We are blessed with the resources that can be harnessed to transform the Sea into America’s renewable energy powerhouse.”

Phil Rosentrater, deputy director,
Riverside County Economic Development Agency

“Geothermal energy production leaves a smaller footprint on the landscape and provides a constant source of energy to the grid. Solar energy resources are also high in the region and, if sited on the Salton Sea’s exposed playas, could offer a potential win-win situation by providing clean energy while cutting down on dust emissions from the uncovered sands. In addition, the Salton Sea has been the testing grounds for other alternative energy sources such as algae production and biofuels.”

Stephanie Dashiell, Defenders of Wildlife

“We have found that geothermal [development] and wildlife are very compatible. We think that as habitat is built, they can co-exist.”

Kim Nicol, Department of Fish and Wildlife’s
Inland Deserts Region

“Imperial and the Salton Sea area is a huge economic opportunity to become a renewable foundation for the state…[the energy potential is] basically the same amount of power we get from the San Onofre nuclear power plant that could be developed and produced here locally.”

V. John White, Center for Energy Efficiency
and Renewable Technologies (CEERT)


“It is projected that sometime after 2017, when the mitigation water is terminated, evaporation will far outpace inflow, triggering an accelerated pace of salinity increase; after that fish will have a problem surviving.”

Kent Nelson, Department of Water Resources

“To the extent the level of the Sea could diminish, we are concerned this could become much worse at some point in time and pose a public health risk…Prevention should be in finding a solution, rather than trying to mitigate after the fact.”

Barry Wallerstein, South Coast Air Quality
Management District

“If nothing is done about the mitigation of existing impacts then we are going to have a catastrophe on our hands in terms of public health.”

Brad Poirez, Imperial County
Air Pollution Control Officer

“By performing restoration activities now that are also designated to reduce the need to undertake mitigation activities in the future, the state could potentially decrease its future mitigation costs.”

Elaine M. Howle,
California State Auditor


“Imperial County and the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District are pleased to join with IID to protect the Valley’s Colorado River water supply for agriculture and municipal uses, and the public health from dust emissions emanating from the exposed playa at the Salton Sea. The County and Air District look forward to working with IID to secure Salton Sea restoration funding and implement the other terms.”

Ray Castillo, Chairman,
Imperial County Board

“Addressing the challenges affecting the Salton Sea will require creative solutions and a collaborative effort.”

California State Senator Ben Hueso