Plans to Import Water to the Salton Sea Seek Approval

NBC PALM SPRINGS By Ceci Partridge



The Salton Sea Independent Review Panel has 3 viable ideas to restore the Salton Sea.

In a press release, the Independent Review Panel announced that there were 18 concepts submitted through “Request for Ideas” in 2017 and 2021. Of those 18 ideas, three made it to the top of the list. And one is to import water from the Sea of Cortez, a large body of water in Mexico.

“One of the options is to import water from out of the basin to restore sea level and also to reduce the salinity of the sea, which is now about twice the salinity of the ocean,” said Brent Haddad an investigator with UC Santa Cruz.

The panel conducted a Fatal Flaw Report to assess the feasibility of the top 3 ideas.

The Fatal Flaw report included 5 attributes that no viable approach to water should have, according to the panel.

These flaws include technology reliability, achieving restoration goals, not harming nearby protected habitats, minimizing risk of catastrophic flooding, and long-term project viability.

The report is the second of four reports to address sourcing water to the Salton Sea.

The full press release from the Independent Review Panel can be found by clicking here.

The Salton Sea Independent Review Panel consists of seven experts in different aspects of water-body restoration. The Panel is led by Panel Chair, Dr. Rominder Suri. Dr. Suri is Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Temple University, and founding director of Temple University’s NSF-funded Water, Environment, and Technology (WET) Center.


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