Salton Sea Long Term Planning Project
California’s Salton Sea is rapidly losing water as inflows have reduced over the past 30 years. Its footprint is shrinking and salinity increasing, causing negative impacts to the local economy, public health, and the environment. The State of California Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP) has awarded a contract to the University of California Santa Cruz to evaluate water importation concepts to refill the Sea. It has established an Independent Review Panel with a research support team of five UCSC graduate students under the administration of the Institute for Social Transformation. It will advise the State of California on the feasibility of importing water, and how it ranks options for doing so. The due date for its findings is September, 2022. Environmental Studies Professor Brent Haddad serves as PI on the project.