Salton Sea Restoration Returned to the Salton Sea Authority

By Mario Conde

The County Board of Supervisors supports the elimination of the Salton Sea Restoration Council and return those responsibilities to the Salton Sea Authority.

The County approved a letter of support to Assemblyman Manuel Perez (D-Coachella) who introduced Assembly Bill 939. CEO Ralph Cordova said that the insecurity of the State’s ability to allocate adequate funds for the restoration of the Salton Sea and the decline of regional collaboration has stalled altogether the SRC. The need to address the restoration continues and is imperil to the regions overall health, environment, and economy, Cordova said.

AB 939 would transfer the restoration of the Salton Sea to the SSA, a local joint powers authority that the County of Imperial is a partner.

Supervisor Mike Kelley said in the letter that the Salton Sea has been an ongoing and perplexing issue for Imperial County and the State of California.

“Today however, the window of opportunity to have this precious resource is vanishing and time is of the essence to seek a viable and lasting solution. Reduced water inflow will exacerbate air and water quality and consequently negatively impacting habitat due to the already high saline level of the sea.” Kelley said.

County Governmental Affairs, Bob Ham, said that Governor Jerry Brown is supporting this measure since no body has volunteer to be appointed to this Board and wants to get rid of it.

In other news, the County Board gave their support to he Alaska Airlines’ application to the U.S. Department of Transportation for nonstop flights from San Diego International Airport to Washington D.C. The federal government restricts air traffic at DCA. Under what is called the “Perimeter Rule,” the distance for nonstop flights that serve the airport is limited to 1,250 miles. This is why San Diego is competing against other cities for the new flight.

The Board agrees that there needs to be flight that operates from San Diego to the Nation’s Capital since it would be useful for business for Imperial County Officials.

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