Democratic Member of Congress Raul Ruiz - who represents the areas of the Coachella Valley including the Salton Sea - was joined by lawmakers from across the state yesterday (Thursday) in calling on Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom to make saving the declining Salton Sea a priority upon taking office. KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.
Riverside County has a new plan for the Salton Sea - one it says could bring back tourism and generate a billion dollars in tax revenue. KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.
In 1968, Governor Ronald Reagan signed a bill addressing the Salton Sea’s rising salinity levels – fifty years later, the sea is saltier than ever. And it’s shrinking, exposing toxic dust to surrounding communities in Riverside and Imperial Counties.
But Riverside County has a plan to restore its portion of the sea.
The State Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife held a public hearing Tuesday, May 8th, on the plan to rehabilitate the shrinking Salton Sea in Imperial County.
The Salton Sea has been shrinking rapidly in 2018, after most of the water it used to get from agricultural run-off was directed to other parts in the state last year. And less water means more exposed lake-bed, which comes with a number of problems.
A number of state legislators and other officials are unhappy about how long it's taking to implement a plan to preserve the shrinking Salton Sea before toxin-laden dust from the increasingly dry lake bed poses serious environmental and health problems in the region. More from Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero.