Dr. Ruiz to Participate in First Large Scale Salton Sea Restoration Project Groundbreaking

October 30, 2015
Press Release

Palm Desert, CA – Thursday, November 5 at 10:00AM, Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) will join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Imperial Irrigation District, and state and local officials in a “Playa Breaking” ceremony to initiate the first shovel-to-ground restoration and dust mitigation project at the Salton Sea.

“The decline of the Salton Sea poses immense health and economic risks to families and children across Southern California,” said Dr. Ruiz. “From day one, I have advocated for pragmatic solutions to mitigate the harmful effects of a declining sea, and for a vision that turns this threat into an oasis of renewable energy economic opportunity. The Red Hill Bay Project is the very first large scale shovel-to-ground project to address the problem and it is only the beginning. I am proud to have worked with Senator Barbara Boxer, Representative Juan Vargas, former Secretary Ken Salazar, Secretary Sally Jewell, the Army Corps of Engineers, as well as state and local stakeholders to see this project finally break ground.”

The ceremony, which will take place at the Red Hill Bay Marina, will break ground on the Red Hill Bay Restoration Project, a 420-acre habitat restoration project. Red Hill Bay Restoration Project is a scalable model that can be expanded to further mitigate Salton Sea dust exposure and guide future Salton Sea efforts.

WHO:        Representative Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36)

Jennifer Gimbel, Assistant Secretary, Department of Interior

Bruce Wilcox, Assistant Secretary for Salton Sea Policy, California

Natural Resources Agency

                   Other federal, state, and local officials

WHAT:      “Playa Breaking” Ceremony at the Salton Sea.

WHERE:   Red Hill Bay Marina (about 1.5 miles north of Sinclair Road)

7581 Garst Rd,

                     Calipatria, CA 92233


WHEN:      10:00AM, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015