(IID Board approves new framework)…It is a vision for their Salton Sea Restoration and Renewable Energy Initiative.
The Initiative is a joint effort between the Imperial Irrigation District and Imperial County. It is a multiphased approach to Salton Sea Restoration. The first phase being the development of a plan for an incremental restoration approach that will bridge the gap between current conditions and longer-range Salton Sea restoration planning measures. The framework presented to the IID Directors at their meeting Tuesday is a 260-page draft document that details short, medium and long-term implementation plans, ranging from 2016 to 2024 and beyond. It is based on five specific goals; ensuring water supply reliability for California, protecting public health, developing carbon-free energy, protecting and restoring the sea’s ecosystem and providing for economic growth. They say the IID and the County believe that they must create and maintain a smaller but sustainable Salton Sea.