California Commits to Long-Term Plan to Save the Receding Salton Sea

The State Water Resources Control Board Tuesday committed to an annual timetable for habitat restoration and dust suppression projects aimed at rehabilitating the Salton Sea over the course of the next decade. The agreement sets milestones for completing projects within the $383 million Salton Sea Management Plan, which calls for construction of 29,800 acres of ponds, wetlands and dust suppression projects to restore the receding lake, beginning with 500 acres in 2018, increasing to 4,200 acres by 2028. The agreement also includes committing to a long-term plan — to be created by 2022 — that goes beyond the initial 10-year plan.