Army Corps provides funding for Salton Sea Feasibility study

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released its FY24 Work Plan this week which included an additional $3,878,000 in funding for the Salton Sea Feasibility Study (USACE study).

The USACE study sponsors are currently evaluating the feasibility of alternatives identified in the State of California’s Salton Sea Management Program’s Long-Range Plan for protecting public health and restoring the degraded Salton Sea ecosystem.

The federal government has significant interests in the Salton Sea region, including in federally protected endangered species; in the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge and the Chocolate Mountain Gunnery; in major additional federal landholdings; and in the region’s renewable energy and lithium stores.

Embedded within the work to be funded in part with the FY24 funds provided by USACE will be continued public outreach to area disadvantaged communities and required hydrologic modeling.

The goal of this work is to arrive at a federal/state-funded Salton Sea long-range management plan.

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