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State Urged To Restore Salton Sea

— A local water board voted unanimously Thursday to urge the state to restore the Salton Sea.

Michael Hogan chairman of the San Diego County Water Authority board, said restoration of the Salton Sea is essential to the San Diego region's water supply needs.

The county's water authority board will join with the Imperial Irrigation District and the Coachella Valley Water District to contribute $30 million to the Salton Sea Restoration Fund and provide another $133 million to fund mitigation activities. They have already installed five air quality monitoring stations around the sea.

However, Hogan said the state is not holding up its end of the bargain.

"Our agencies have lived up to our obligations to help protect the Salton Sea, but the state has yet to act on its responsibility to adopt and fund a Salton Sea restoration plan,'' he said. "Continued delay only undermines all the years of effort and hundreds of millions of dollars water agencies have invested to help secure California's water future.''

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