Salton Sea On-Water Fish Recovery Pilot Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Salton Sea Authority
Document Title
Salton Sea On-Water Fish Recovery Pilot Project
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Vacant (closed RV park)/Open Space-Recreational/Bombay Beach-Hot Mineral Spa Community Area.
Document Description
The fish community in the Salton Sea experiences large, periodic die-offs. The Salton Sea Authority would conduct a 12-month fish recovery pilot project, which consists of removing fish from the surface of the Sea during die-off events. The pilot project would determine what effect fish recovery would have on the water quality in the Salton Sea. A portion of Playa Bob's RV Park, which is no longer used for recreational purposes, would be used as a base of operations for the project. The base of operations would be located approximately 0.8 miles west of Highway 111 on an approximately 0.5 acre site accessed by an existing dirt road. The existing dirt road would be re-graded and temporary structure would be placed on the site for the 12-month period. The total amount of ground disturbance would be approximately 0.8 acre. Once construction improvements have been made, an on-site duty manager would be available 24-hours per day, 7 days per week for 12 months to receive notification of an event (fish die-off). Employees would be dispatched within 12 to 24 hours with two recovery vessels and one work vessel, which tows the non-motorized with the cargo container, to retrieve the dead fish.

Contact Information

Dan Cain
Agency Name
Salton Sea Authority
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
Highway 111/unnamed dirt road
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Southern Pacific
Salton Sea

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT), California Highway Patrol, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 6, Department of Water Resources, Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, Resources, Recycling and Recovery, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region 7 (RWQCB)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
Resources, Recycling and Recovery, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region 7 (RWQCB)
Development Types
Other (Fish Recovery/Water Quality Improvements)
Local Actions
Pilot Project
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Cultural Resources, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Noise, Public Services, Transportation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildlife

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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