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Last Friday, December 10, the Salton Sea Authority (SSA) held their monthly Board of Directors meeting in Palm Desert. Members of the communities around the Salton Sea had a chance to address the board during the public comments portion of the meeting, and several people took advantage of this opportunity. There were also reports from members and affiliates of the Salton Sea Authority, including Val Simon of the US Bureau of Reclamation, and Dr. Bill Brownlie of Tetra-Tech, plus others. You can find the list of presenters and any documents presented at the meeting here. The Board reiterated that they will accept technical proposals from the public in a technical review committee.

Highlights of the meeting included an update from General Manager Phil Rosentrater, and his report that discussed his draft of the 2016 Legislative Platform for the SSA in regards to both state and federal legislation. Mr. Rosentrater seemed to indicate California’s push (per SB 350) to increase the fraction of renewable energy in our total energy portfolio to 50% by 2030 positions geothermal development at the Salton Sea as a favorable option. He also delineates various sources of potential funding for remediation efforts at and around the Salton Sea. Also, we heard an update from the Water Resources Institute, the archive of Salton Sea information housed at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus. (More on that to come!)

If you haven’t been to an SSA Board of Directors meeting, we encourage you to do so. It’s a great way to stay informed about what the Salton Sea Authority is doing for the preservation and remediation of the Salton Sea.

Here is the schedule of meetings for 2016:

January 28; Imperial Irrigation District (IID)
February 18; Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD)
March 24; IID
April 28; CVWD
June 2; IID
June 30; CVWD
September 22; IID
October 27; CVWD
December 15; IID

Imperial Irrigation District
Bill Condit Auditorium
1285 Broadway Avenue
El Centro, CA 92243
(760) 482-9618

Coachella Valley Water District
Steve Robbins Administration Building
75515 Hovley Lane East
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 398-2651

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