Author: Erin Rode, The Desert Sun

An independent review panel convened to evaluate water importation concepts for the shrinking Salton Sea is advising against water importation plans, instead recommending a combination of desalination and water from the Imperial Irrigation District. The state-appointed Salton Sea Independent Review Panel was established in October 2021 to evaluate 18 water importation concepts submitted in response to two Requests for Information issued in 2018 and 2021. The panel was specifically tasked with taking a “long-term” perspective for resolving longstanding public health issues caused by receding shorelines at California’s largest lake. Thirteen water importation concepts passed an initial screening, and three passed a “fatal flaw”…

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A controversial water project in the Mojave Desert — known for decades as the Cadiz water pipeline — is back in the spotlight with a promise that it will provide water to disadvantaged communities near the shrinking Salton Sea in addition to its long-held ambitions of selling desert water to urban Southern California. Cadiz Inc. owns over 70 square miles of property in the Mojave Desert, east of Amboy and south of both Interstate 40 and Route 66, near Mojave Trails National Monument. For decades, the company has proposed pumping groundwater from beneath the desert property and selling it to urban Southern California areas. The project, which has morphed…

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