Salton Sea Updates

April 23, 2018

Dear Friends,

After years of studies and no action, we are finally making progress at the Salton Sea, most recently with the completion of the very first State funded mitigation project in Mecca. This is the kind of incremental progress we need, and we're getting it done because we're all working together and toward the same goal.

When I first ran for office, I called for politicians to put aside their egos and their unfeasible cadillac plans, and start working together at all levels of government on a feasible phased approach and which focused on the most important goal: keeping the dangerous lakebed sediment, or playa, covered and out of the air we breathe. We needed to break the inertia and get moving.

Three years ago with federal funding we did just that, breaking ground on the Red Hill Bay Project, the first large-scale project at the Sea which created 420 acres of wetland habitat and served as a proof of concept for future projects at the Sea.

The Salton Sea Sentinel

Many in our communities are worried about the Salton Sea and what is being done to address the threat it poses to our health, economy, and environment. I am starting the Salton Sea Sentinel – a special edition of my newsletter to keep you informed about the work being done at the Sea and solicit your input on what more could be done.


Raul Ruiz, M.D.
Member of Congress