SACRAMENTO – Last week, the California Assembly passed Senate Bill 583, introduced by State Senator Steve Padilla, D-San Diego, and endorsed by Assemblyman Eduardo García, D-Coachella, with bipartisan support.
The bill creates the Salton Sea Conservancy to unify the state’s efforts to protect the health of residents, promote the ecological recovery of the area, and empower local stakeholders in that process.
“The degradation of the Salton Sea is one of the worst environmental disasters in California’s history,” said Senator Padilla.
“Generations of working families have already suffered the consequences of California’s failure to address the damage the Ocean has inflicted on these historically underserved and neglected communities.
“The project empowers those living in this reality and gives them a meaningful voice as we manage limited resources to best help solve this public health crisis. “These communities are unable to any further delays,” he added.
Senate Bill 583 would create the Salton Sea Conservancy, tasking it with coordinating the management of all conservation projects in the region to restore the shrinking sea and reduce the negative health impacts imposed by the sea.
“As we take steps to protect our Salton Sea communities, we must look ahead to ensure our future health and sustainability,” said Assemblyman Garcia.
“Establishing the Salton Sea Conservancy will bring all local stakeholders to the table to ensure the operation and maintenance of restoration projects and protect the Salton Sea’s obligations,” continued the Coachella lawmaker.
“Currently we are in negotiations with Governor Newsom’s office to ensure that funds are available to defend the Conservancy as soon as possible,” said Senator Padilla.
“We appreciate the Administration’s cooperation and intend to keep SB 583 in the Senate until these negotiations are completed early next year,” he said.
SB 583 received bipartisan support in the Assembly and passed by a vote of 68-0.