Salton Sea News

Fall is here, and September is over. With that, we bring you a short recap of what has happened at the Salton Sea, the Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) and on the Colorado River over the past month. Enjoy!
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Rep. Ruiz calls for Salton Sea congressional hearing

Congressman Raul Ruiz (D-CA)

Congressman Raul RuizOne September 18, 2019, Congressman Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) called for a Congressional hearing on the Salton Sea. Congressman Ruiz, a medical doctor, is all too familiar with the public health crisis unfolding in the Coachella and Imperial Valleys after years of neglect from the State of California and the federal government in regard to California’s largest lake. You can read an article and watch some video from Palm Springs TV station News Channel 3 by clicking here.

Attend the Salton Sea Summit

Register now for the free Salton Sea Summit! The Summit is a multi-disciplinary Salton Sea conference, intended to attract a broad range of interests, promote an exchange of ideas, and develop new opportunities and partnerships. It will be held at the UC Riverside Palm Desert campus on October 17-18. The conference agenda is posted online here. Please forward to others who might be interested.
To register please click here.

Governor Newsom appoints Assistant Secretary for Salton Sea Policy

Arturo Delgado, 48, of Palm Desert, has been appointed assistant secretary for Salton Sea policy at the California Natural Resources Agency. Delgado has served as Salton Sea program manager at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife since 2018. He served in several positions for the U.S. Forest Service, including as district ranger at the San Bernardino National Forest from 2013 to 2018, acting deputy forest supervisor for Six Rivers National Forest in 2017, special assistant to the regional forester for the Pacific Southwest Region in 2015 and multiple positions at the Angeles National Forest from 2010 to 2013, including supervisory wildlife biologist and acting forest resource officer. Delgado held several positions at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife from 1997 to 2010, including senior environmental scientist, environmental scientist, principle investigator and fish and wildlife scientific assistant. Delgado earned a Master of Science degree in biological conservation from California State University, Sacramento. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $141,156. Delgado is a Democrat.
The press release is available on this page.

As Water Sources Dry Up, Arizona Farmers Feel the Heat of Climate Change

Farms in central Arizona will soon lose access to Colorado River water, impacting farmers, cities, and Native communities.
The first article, published on, illustrates the issues faced by many farmers in Arizona and throughout the west in relation to lack of water due to climate change. Click here to read article.

In a related article, published “Climate change could mean less farming in the West”. Click here to read the article.