Advisory Committees

Air Quality Committee
Lead:  Jessica Lovecchio, Imperial Irrigation District
Alternate Lead:  Matt Dessert, Imperial County Air Pollution Control District

This committee will coordinate with the applicable air boards, the existing QSA water transfer mitigation program, the federal and state regulators, and the other committees in the development and integration of an air quality program for the Salton Sea Management Program.

Project Committee
Lead:  Kent Nelson, California Department of Water Resources
Alternate Lead:  Vivien Maisonneuve, California Department of Water Resources

This committee advises the Agency on the feasibility evaluation of the proposed projects that make up the Salton Sea Management Program. The feasibility analysis is being conducted by an internal team from Agency with assistance from stakeholder and Agency consultants. The evaluation includes water balance, water quality, hydrologic analysis to estimate the elevation of the central lake, construction and engineering techniques (including berms), geotechnical and other issues identified by the committee or others.

Funding Committee
Lead:  Phil Rosentrater, Salton Sea Authority
Alternate Lead:  Michael Cohen, Pacific Institute

This committee is participating in the development of future funding mechanisms for the Salton Sea Management Program.  It works closely with the Salton Sea Authority and its member agencies in the development of their funding feasibility program currently underway and with the project committee in the development of the proposed Salton Sea Management Program.  It will also work closely with federal, state and local agencies and the Salton Sea Task Force to identify potential funding sources.

Environmental Compliance Committee
Lead:   Ted Frink, California Department of Water Resources
Alternate Lead:  Joanna Smith Hoff, Imperial Irrigation District

This committee is developing a strategy for necessary environmental documentation and permitting.  This includes the most efficient use of existing documents and permits to reduce the timeline for project regulatory compliance.  It is also working closely with the Science Committee to evaluate selenium bioaccumulation issues and develop a management program for selenium.  A smaller working group will be tasked to work specifically on the selenium issues.

Public Outreach Committee
Lead:  Phil Rosentrater, Salton Sea Authority

The public outreach committee manages the development and of a web page and the development of a standardized message platform for the Salton Sea Management Program.  It is also responsible for developing a public information program that will include workshops and other avenues for the dissemination of information and compilation of public comments.  Agency will lead the public outreach meetings (with presentations from various members of the committees).

Science Advisory Committee
Coordinator:  California Natural Resources Agency Representative

The Science Committee consists of recognized experts in fields such as limnology, water quality, selenium, toxicology, fisheries and avian biology. There may be other areas of expertise that are identified and can be included in the Science Advisory Committee. These identified experts include members of various local, state and/or federal agencies, academic institutions, and private sector organizations. The Science Advisory Committee will be tasked with reviewing the proposed program and related projects as they are developed, identifying potential science related issues and making suggestions for addressing those science issues.  The Science Advisory Committee works closely with the other committees as programs are developed.

Long Range Planning Committee
Lead:  Phillip Johnson, Salton Sea Authority
Alternate Lead:  Bruce Wilcox, California Natural Resources Agency

The situation at the Salton Sea has changed and technology has advanced since the time most of the original long-range solutions to water quality and quantity were first considered. Therefore, Agency will reevaluate various water import, land use and/or treatment scenarios based on current and projected conditions at the Salton Sea.  These types of projects are considered as potential long term solutions for the Salton Sea. The short and mid-term Salton Sea Management Plan will continue to be developed and implemented.   To the extent practical, the short and mid-term projects will be developed so as to not preclude the implementation of long term plans.  The Long Range Planning Committee will develop a plan for the longer term management of the Salton Sea based on input from the various committees, stakeholders and public input.  October 2017 Membership: Alex Schriener, (Earth Systems Southwest); Andy Horne, (Imperial County); Al Kalin, (Imperial County Farm Bureau); Alberto Ramirez, (Torres-Martinez Tribe); Michael Flores, (California Department of Fish and Wildlife); Michael Cohen, (Pacific Institute); Dan Farris, (Coachella Valley Water District); Graeme Donaldson, (Imperial Irrigation District); Joan Taylor, (Sierra Club); Kim Delfino, (Defenders of Wildlife); Paul Quill, (Salton Sea Action Committee); Alternate: Alan Pace, (Petra Geotechnical, Inc.);Vince Signorotti (Energy Source); Vivien Maisonneuve (Department of Water Resources); Jacky Barnum, (Cabazon Band of Mission Indians); Genevieve Johnson, (US Bureau of Reclamation); Doug Barnum, (United States Geological Survey); Tom Sephton, (Sephton Water Technology); Jeff Geraci, (California Regional Water Board); Alternate: Doug Wylie, (California Regional Water Board).

(Updated 10/17/2017)