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Salton Sea to Gain $383 Million


Last updated 3/16/2017 at 2:27pm

The state’s Natural Resources Agency has released a $383 million plan to construct ponds along the north and south shore of the Salton Sea.

In order to cover up stretches of dry lakebed and create new habitat for birds, the state’s new blueprint is scheduled for completion over the next 10 years. Although the majority of funding has yet to be approved by the Legislature, and the construction projects will lag behind the pace of the sea’s decline, state officials say the plan represents a critical first step.

“This plan is a path forward to address air quality and habitat issues at the Salton Sea for the first time,” said Bruce Wilcox, the state’s assistant secretary for Salton Sea policy. “It’s a very important milestone.”

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