“Renewable energy development at the Salton Sea could generate up to $4 billion in revenue over 30 years, with $2 billion going toward restoration, according to a report presented to the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors on Tuesday. …
“The IID is promoting its Salton Sea Restoration and Renewables Initiative.
“With an ominous deadline approaching, two feuding Imperial Valley agencies have put aside their differences and developed a plan they hope can save the ailing Salton Sea, the state’s largest body of water and often considered its most vexing environmental problem.”
From U-T San Diego, in a column by Steven Greenhut:
“The Legislature’s efforts to ’save’ the Salton Sea, California’s largest lake and one of the nation’s eeriest places, have gone virtually nowhere in the last decade, unless one counts the millions of dollars that have been spent on personnel and consultants. That’s the conclusion of a recent report by State Auditor Elaine Howle.”
From The Desert Sun, in a commentary by Jerome H. Holmlund:
“The Salton Sea water loss poses a growing environmental and economic threat to the Coachella Valley, Imperial County and the state. …
“In the 21st century, why should the Coachella Valley and Imperial County be threatened with severe economic and environmental problems, and the Salton Sea’s preservation questioned, to transfer water from a desert to cities on the shores of the Pacific Ocean?
“With just four years left until the Salton Sea begins to shrink more rapidly, state officials still have no estimate of how much it will cost to alleviate the predicted clouds of dust and other hazards along its receding shores.
“A state audit released Thursday now calls for a thorough estimate of the costs California is going to bear for environmental damage under the water transfer deal that will reduce inflows to the lake after 2017.”
“Imperial Valley farmer Al Kalin recalls that as a boy, his folks would take him to interesting places throughout the Imperial Valley. One of those places in particular was the mud pots and mud volcanoes near the Salton Sea.
“Recently installed hydrogen sulfide monitors at the Salton Sea will allow the South Coast Air Quality Management District to measure the concentrations of the gas that has the tell-tale odor of rotten eggs.”
“The memorandum of understanding signed Thursday among the Imperial Irrigation District, Imperial County and its air pollution control district is momentous in many respects. First of all, it helps mend about 10 years of contentious debate over the validity of the Quantification Settlement Agreement and the conditions put in place.
“Surrounded by lake bed exposed by the receding shoreline, regional officials on Thursday finalized a historic deal they hope will add momentum to the much-discussed Salton Sea restoration effort.
“The memorandum of understanding between Imperial Irrigation District, Imperial County and the county’s Air Pollution Control District ends a decade of legal disputes that involved three of California’s most precious resources: air, water and renewable energy.”
From U-T San Diego, in a commentary by Matt Dessert and Ray Castillo:
“Situated at the economic and environmental crossroads of the nation’s largest agricultural-to-urban water transfer and the future well-being of Southern California’s binational border region, the Salton Sea has reached a tipping point. …
“Leaders in Imperial County have hammered out a deal to restore the Salton Sea and raise $3 billion to revive the shoreline economy driven by new alternative-energy development.
“The accord announced Tuesday ends more than a decade of infighting between the county and the Imperial Irrigation District over the ongoing sale of water to the San Diego region, the U-T San Diego newspaper reported.”
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From the Imperial Valley Press:
“The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors on Tuesday formalized its push to restore the Salton Sea and transform the area into an energy producer with its unanimous approval of a memorandum o
“The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a memorandum of understanding between the IID, county of Imperial and the Air Pollution Control District regarding Salton Sea stabilization and restoration.
“The three agencies have been in litigation over the Quantification Settlement Agreement for about 10 years.”
“The office of Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez has requested a written legal opinion from the California Office of Legislative Counsel on the extent of the state’s liability for Salton Sea restoration under the terms of the Quantification Settlement Agreement.