Assemblyman Perez initiates Salton Sea bill to keep county in loop

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Secretary Salazar looked on as Assemblyman Manuel Perez spoke at the Salton Sea last December on the importance of local control

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez introduced a bill into the California legislature meant to keep participation of the decision making of the Salton Sea local.

The Assemblyman Says he submitted the bill to ensure that local stakeholders have a voice in Salton Sea decision making.

Perez says when it comes to the Salton Sea restoration, they do not have a moment to waste. The Assemblyman says he wants to hit the ground running on this issue. He says AB 71 is a great starting point.

 Perez says his bill ensures local participation in Salton Sea restoration and assures funding for a feasibility study that will help identify fundable restoration alternatives. Perez says the bill has received widespread support from the Salton Sea Authority, Local tribes, statewide environmental organizations, and the Resource Agency last year.

The bill calls for a balanced approach to Salton Sea restoration decision making by requiring the Natural Resources Agency  work in consultation and coordination with the Salton Sea Authority.

The bill forms a technical advisory group to guide restoration or economic development activities related to the Sea. It authorizes funding from the Salton Sea Restoration Fund for the SSA to prepare a restoration funding and feasibility study. AB 71 has been referred to the Assembly Rules committee to await assignment.