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Mar202017

POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT: Salton Sea, restoration plan?: "State unveils a 10-year plan to restore habitat and control toxic dust storms along the Salton Sea's receding shoreline" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "State unveils a 10-year plan to restore habitat and control toxic dust storms along the Salton Sea's receding shoreline" - From the LAT:

Salton Sea advocates on Thursday cautiously celebrated the announcement of a 10-year state plan to complete projects designed to restore areas where migrating birds once proliferated and control toxic dust storms rising off expanses of smelly playa surrounding the shrinking salty lake. The California Natural Resources Agency said the plan aims to resolve disputes with the state over delays in building the 7-year-old projects that have left local policymakers and conservationists frustrated and angry as air quality and environmental conditions steadily worsen at California’s largest and most troubled lake.

Those projects are regarded as the first phase of a proposed long-term Salton Sea restoration program. They include building a series of ponds and water-transfer systems across about 29,000 acres at a cost of about $383 million, officials said. Last year, the state Legislature approved $80.5 million for Salton Sea projects.

The new plan, for the first time, details the number of acres of lake bed expected to become exposed each year from 2018 through 2028, the number of acres to be restored each year over the next decade through restoration projects, as well as how much those projects are expected to cost.

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