(SACRAMENTO) â€“ Assemblyman V. Manuel PÃ©rez is pleased to announce the release of the Round 1 Salton Sea Financial Assistance Program (FAP) grants by the California Department of Fish and Game and the Department of Water Resources. Grants have been recommended to support three projects, totaling approximately $2.5 million, by the Imperial Irrigation District, the Salton Sea Authority/Torres Martinez Tribe, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
â€œThese grants will help build habitat for fish and wildlife at the Salton Sea, and this in turn helps to control dust emissions,â€ said PÃ©rez. â€œThe Salton Sea Financial Assistance Program makes important investments that benefit environmental and community health, and I support efforts to extend the program. I have already requested that the Assembly budget committee appropriate additional bond monies for future rounds of FAP grants.â€
The FAP funds projects that improve habitat for fish and wildlife at the Salton Sea, while also benefiting air quality by covering exposed playa (lakebed) with habitat. Given the importance of these grant-funded projects for the long-term health of the region, PÃ©rez encourages community members to express support for them during the public comment period, which runs through April 17 at 5:00 p.m.
More information on the Round 1 projects can be found at: http://www.water.ca.gov/saltonsea/habitat/draft_list.cfm. Comments may be submitted by email to: CaDeptFishandWildlife@davisgroupca.com (please include in your subject line: “Salton Sea FAP2012 â€“ Draft Award Comment”). Written comments may be submitted to: Kent Nelson, California Department of Water Resources, Salton Sea Restoration Program, P.O. Box 942836, Sacramento, CA 94236.