The panel discussion we hosted at UC Riverside highlighted the growing effort to coordinate local, state, and federal entities in an attempt to save the Salton Sea. However, it also highlighted some of the glaring reasons that efforts to manage the Sea have consistently come up short. The Salton Sea has long suffered from dual problems: conflicting interests amongst stakeholders and lack of a distinct, legally responsible party. These compounding problems are not isolated to the Salton Sea. In fact they are the two most common problems in poorly managed water resources today. Continue reading “Powell’s Premonition”
As we have discussed before, the majority of Colorado River water distributed to California is allocated for agriculture. The Coachella Valley next to the Salton Sea represents one of the most productive agricultural regions in California and it is there where the majority of the water goes, with about 280,000 acre-feet of Colorado River water delivered annually. Dealing with a combination of water allocations, the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) is in a tight spot trying to meet state-mandated water use regulations while providing water to its increasing population. Continue reading “A Case for Coachella Conservation”
A summary of this panel is available in our recent post, Discussing the Future of the Salton Sea.
- Valerie Simon, Salton Sea Program Manager of the Lower Colorado Region of the US Bureau of Reclamation
- Bruce Wilcox, Assistant Secretary of Salton Sea Policy in the California Natural Resources Agency
- Phil Rosentrater, the Executive Director of the Salton Sea Authority
The panelists were able to offer the federal, state, and local perspective on the future of the Salton Sea, and they all expressed a lot of hope and excitement. Continue reading “Discussing the Future of the Salton Sea”