Salton Sea Plan Draws Opposition
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
It leaves out the Salton Sea Authority's proposal to create two bodies of water, a northern lake within Riverside County's boundaries and a southern lake within Imperial County's boundaries.
One issue is which portion of the lake will reap economic benefits of tourism and development. Seventy percent of the Salton Sea is within Imperial County and the rest is within Riverside County.
"We need to have recreation opportunities for people in Imperial County," said Authority President Gary Wyatt, also an Imperial County supervisor.
Wyatt said leaving out plans for a southern lake is "unacceptable."
The Salton Sea is plagued by increasing salinity. A final plan is expected to be submitted to the state Legislature by the end of April.The restoration would be a 75-year effort, if approved by lawmakers.