Supervisor Perez Lauds, Supports Salton Sea Legislative Efforts
PALM DESERT – Supervisor V. Manuel Perez praises the work of Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia and State Sen. Ben Hueso in advancing bills related to the Salton Sea this week, and commits support of the measures.
“I am very pleased to see these bills progress, which are critical to getting the first phase of Salton Sea projects done to protect the environment and public health of residents from the impacts of a dry seabed,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “As a member of the Salton Sea Authority joint powers authority, I am proud to continue important work on this issue on behalf of our local communities. These bills and the state’s ten year comprehensive plan of action are truly significant steps for the Salton Sea and Riverside County.”
The Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on Tuesday advanced two bills, SB 615 and SB 701, coauthored by Senator Hueso and Assemblymember Garcia.
SB 615 would codify the California Natural Resources Agency’s Salton Sea Ten Year Management Plan. The agency, in partnership with the Salton Sea Authority, is currently conducting a series of community workshops to provide information on the plan and seek feedback from the public on proposed Salton Sea projects.
SB 701 would place a $500 million bond before voters in the statewide Nov. 2018 election to authorize funding to implement the projects in the ten-year plan. SB 615 and SB 701 have passed the State Senate, and await further consideration in the Assembly.
A third bill, AB 18, is a park bond that would include $30 million for Salton Sea mitigation. The measure was approved by the Assembly and awaits consideration by the State Senate.