Three year research project to evaluate the role of the Salton Sea crust in water quality by undertaking field sampling to model water quality with respect to the amount and functioning of toxic elements under predicted future environmental conditions.
Regents of the University of California, Riverside
The Project, by ascertaining whether the existing salt crust is safe and does not create unacceptable levels of contamination in storm water runoff or harm surrounding habitat values, will allow policy makers to decide whether all or part of the crust can remain in place as a strategy to reduce the release of particulate matter into the air, thus protecting public health in the watershed’s community while at the same time conserving significant amounts of freshwater that would not be needed to create wetlands, all of which fulfill other important Proposition 1 objectives set forth in Public Resources Code sec. 79732 (a)(9)
Research/Planning (including Science)
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):