Salton Sea is a repository for agricultural drainage; surrounding areas are predominantly used for agriculture.
The SCH Project would restore up to 3,770 acres of shallow water habitat at the southern end of the Salton Sea lost due to the Sea's ever-increasing hypersalinity and reduced areas as the Sea recedes. Ponds to support fish and wildlife species dependent on the Salton Sea would be constructed and operated by the CA Dept. of Fish and Game and supplied with a combination of brackish and saline water, blended to maintain an appropriate salinity range. This "proof of concept" project includes several features, characteristics, and operations that could be tested under an adaptive management framework. The proof-of-concept period would last for approximately 10 years after completion of construction; the ponds then would be operated until the end of the 75-year period covered by the Quantification Settlement Agreement or until funds were no longer available.
Cal Fire, California Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy (CVMC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways, California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT), California Highway Patrol, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region 7 (RWQCB), Department of Water Resources, Resources Agency, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), Colorado River Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, California State Lands Commission (SLC)
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California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), Colorado River Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, California State Lands Commission (SLC)
Other (Habitat Restoration)
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Solid Waste, Transportation, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire, GHG
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