Salton Sea - Management Program


The Salton Sea is California’s largest lake. Thirty-five miles long and 15 miles wide, the desert lake extends from the Coachella Valley into the Imperial Valley. Though saltier than the ocean, the Sea supports an abundance of fish, a food source for millions of migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway. Managing the Sea’s natural, agricultural, and municipal water inflows to maximize bird and fish habitat and minimize fine-particle air pollution will allow California to protect regional health, ecological wealth and a stable water supply.

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s Salton Sea Task Force, created in May 2015, has directed agencies to develop a comprehensive management plan for the Sea that will:

  • Meet a short-term goal of 9,000 acres to 12,000 acres of habitat and dust suppression projects, and
  • set a medium-term plan to construct 18,000 acres to 25,000 acres of habitat and dust suppression projects.

These goals were memorialized in in 2016 through a 10 year Memorandum of Understanding between the United States Department of Interior and the Natural Resources agency and will be implemented through the Salton Sea Management Program pursuant to the Phase I 10-year plan released in March 2017. The Natural Resources Agency is committed to a transparent process with clearly defined goals and measurable objectives aligned with available fiscal and hydrological resources. Progress made by the program will be overseen by the State Water Resources Control Board and California Air Resources Board.

The Phase I 10-year Plan can be found here

Advisory Committees

2017 Meetings

Workshops & Public Hearings


Workshop Materials

Workshops Schedule

Date Community Venue Address Time
6/13/17 Mecca Boys & Girls Club of the Coachella Valley 91391 66th Ave Mecca, CA 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
6/15/17 Salton City West Shores Senior Citizens Club 1375 S. Marina Drive Thermal, CA 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
6/22/17 Brawley Del Rio Community Center 1501 I Street Brawley, CA 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
6/28/17 Bombay Beach Ski Inn 9596 Ave. A Niland, CA 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
6/29/17 El Centro IID District Office 1285 Broadway St. El Centro, CA 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
7/6/17 Indio Indio Performing Arts Center (IPAC) 4517 Fargo St. Indio, CA 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
7/12/17 Rancho Mirage Rancho Mirage Public Library 71100 CA-111 Rancho Mirage, CA 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Salton Sea Management Program Committee Meetings

October 4, 2017 Science Committee Coachella
October 4, 2017 All Committee Meeting Coachella
June 20, 2017 Public Outreach Committee Palm Desert
June 5, 2017 All Committee Meeting Thermal
May 30, 2017 Public Outreach Committee Palm Desert
April 26, 2017 Long Range Planning Meeting Palm Desert
April 17, 2017 Air Quality Committee Palm Desert
March 29, 2017 Long Range Planning Committee Palm Desert
March 9, 2017 Public Outreach Committee Palm Desert
January 25, 2017 Long Range Planning Committee Palm Desert
January 5, 2017 Long Range Planning Committee Palm Desert

Meeting Archives