Wednesday, November 4, 2015

USA, California: New Project Will Create Geothermal Energy Access Corridors and Well Pads by Salton Sea

Valley Voice: Moving toward a restored Salton Sea (Desert Sun)

by Representative Raul Ruiz

Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Imperial Irrigation District, and state and local officials in a “Playa Breaking” ceremony to initiate the first shovel-to-ground restoration and dust mitigation project at the Salton Sea.

Today at the Red Hill Bay, on the southern tip of the Sea where the dust exposure is greatest, we began work on the first large scale project to help prevent the dust exposure.

The Red Hill Bay Restoration Project is important because it is the first large-scale dust mitigation venture that proves that habitat restoration can be done in harmony with renewable energy development.

The project will cover 420 acres of dust with water, and create geothermal energy access corridors and well pads for future renewable energy development. In addition, the project model can be replicated and guide future restoration efforts. And, it shows private investors that we are ready to develop public-private partnerships to facilitate renewable energy development while covering newly exposed lakebed.

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