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Salton Sea Plan Receives $280M in Funding


Last updated 9/5/2017 at 10:15am

The Desert Sun has provided an update for the proposed plan of the Salton Sea.

A decade-long plan for dust suppression and habitat building projects at the Salton Sea will be fully funded, a Coachella Valley lawmaker's office announced Friday.

Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella said that a "productive meeting" Thursday "between Governor Brown and representatives from our local Salton Sea Authority," led to $280 million in funding for two park bond proposals aimed at funding air quality and habitat creation projects at the Salton Sea.

A coalition of Riverside and Imperial County stakeholders, including Supervisor V. Manuel Perez and representatives from the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians, Coachella Valley Water District and Imperial Irrigation District, traveled to Sacramento Thursday to meet with the governor.

According to Garcia's office, the funding will go towards projects within the Salton Sea Management Program, an interagency plan for reducing the effects of toxic dust exposed by the lake's receding shoreline and restoring habitat for local birds who have lost a reliable source of fish to eat due to the water's increasing salinity.

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