IID's Kelley: Problems persist at Salton Sea, but solutions available

The belongings of a boat dock sit in the water of Bombay Beach on Dec. 22, 2013. STEVEN ESPERANZA FILE PHOTO

PALM DESERT — Imperial Irrigation District General Manager Kevin Kelley testified before members of the Little Hoover Commission on the campus of the University of California at Riverside here Tuesday to re-emphasize the importance of restoring environmental stability to the Salton Sea, and to proffer a solution that would benefit both Imperial and Riverside counties.

“There is a real problem at the Salton Sea. It’s not hyped up and if isn’t addressed, you can’t expect a water transfer, even during this historic drought, to continue without interruption,” Kelley said, adding that any restoration plans put into action should include a renewable energy component, especially when one considers the vast amount of eligible geothermal energy harvested throughout the Imperial and Coachella valleys.

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