Salton Sea Management Efforts
Water supply infrastructure will deliver a mix of river and Salton Sea water to both air quality and habitat projects on the playa. The resulting brackish water will be used to supply Red Hill Bay, SCH, and air mitigation efforts. Construction for the infrastructure will begin West of the New River (see chart below for further detail).
Water Backbone Infrastructure Construction Timeline
• Torres-Martinez Wetland Project, a State-funded effort of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians to build shallow wetlands along the northern edge of the Salton Sea.
• The State’s Phase I Species Conservation Habitat New River East Project (SCH), saline impoundments along the southern shore to support fish, birds, wildlife, and reduce exposed playa.
• Red Hill Bay Project, a State-funded effort of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Imperial Irrigation District to restore habitat on the southeastern shore of the Salton Sea.
• Dust Mitigation Measures: Feasible Dust Suppression Projects (BACM pilot projects), proof-of-concept construction in agricultural land that can lead to potentially larger USDA funding.