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STRATEGIES FOR THE
RESTORATION AND ENHANCEMENT
OF THE
SALTON SEA

A WHITE PAPER FOR THE SALTON SEA AUTHORITY

prepared by

Dangermond and Associates, Inc.
911 22nd Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

Table of Contents

1.0

INTRODUCTION

2

1.1 Purpose of Commissioning a White Paper

2

1.2 The Issues

2

1.3 The Process

4

2.0

THE SALTON SEA PROBLEM OR OPPORTUNITY

5

3.0

MAINTAINING THE CURRENT FUNCTIONS OF THE SEA

7

3.1 Current Functions of the Sea: The Core Objectives

7

3.2 Possible Innovative Improvements

8

4.0

REMEDIATION AND LONG TERM MANAGEMENT

9

4.1 Potential Shore-Line Enhancements for the Salton Sea

9

4.2 Alternative 1: Diked Area/Solar Power Generation/Constructed Wetlands

15

4.2.1 Benefits of this Alternative

16

4.2.2 Issues Requiring Additional Consideration

17

4.2.3 Long Term Management

17

4.3 Alternative 2: Pumped Storage/Gulf Salt Disposal

20

4.3.1 Benefits of this Alternative

20

4.3.2 Issues Requiring Additional Consideration

21

4.3.3 Long Term Management

21

4.4 Alternative 3: Fresh Water Shoreline/Pumped Storage

24

4.4.1 Benefits of this Alternative

25

4.4.2 Issues Requiring Additional Consideration

26

4.4.3 Long Term Management

27

4.5 Alternative 4: Joint USA/Mexico Solar Power Generation/Pumped Storage Laguna Salada Salt Disposal

29

4.5.1 Benefits of this Alternative

29

4.5.2 Issues Requiring Additional Consideration

30

4.5.3 Long Term Management

31

5.0

FUNDING STRATEGIES AND SOURCES

33

6.0

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INITIAL PHASE

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FIGURES AND TABLES