DECLARATION

Of

CONCERNED SCIENTISTS AND ENVIRONMENTALISTS

OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY

A CALL FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES

OF THE SALTON SEA BASIN AND SAN DIEGO COUNTY

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        WHEREAS the Salton Sea and its environs constitute a unique natural resource of regional, statewide, national and international significance and support an extraordinary diversity of migratory and resident bird species, including many endangered and threatened species; and are an important recreational and economic asset for the region;

        WHEREAS the Salton Sea ecosystem and the environmental quality of Imperial and Coachella valleys are threatened by water transfers proposed as part of the California 4.4 Plan to reduce California's draw of Colorado River water to its annual legal entitlement of 4.4 million acre feet by the year 2015;

        WHEREAS San Diego County is recognized as a hotspot of biological diversity of global significance, supporting over 380 rare and sensitive species, more than 40 of which are listed as federally threatened or endangered;

        WHEREAS the principal causes of species imperilment in the San Diego region are the direct destruction, fragmentation and degradation of habitat caused by population growth and sprawl development; and

        WHEREAS the population growth, sprawl, and increased input of wastewaters into our coastal environment induced by the proposed water transfer further threaten San Diego's wealth of natural resources;

NOW THEREFORE, on behalf of the best long-term interests of the citizens of San Diego and California,

BE IT HEREBY DECLARED by the undersigned, on this 4th day of July 2002, that:

  • It has not been established that the proposed water transfer is necessary to meet the California 4.4 Plan objectives, given the many options available to San Diego County for water reclamation, water conservation, desalination, and lowering its rate of population growth;
  • A thorough analysis of all options should be developed immediately and used as a basis for exploration by California of other means by which it could meet its obligations under the 4.4 Plan in better accord with principles of sustainability;
  • If the water transfer is to occur it must be conducted in full compliance with state and federal environmental laws, and must fully analyze direct, indirect and cumulative impacts in the Salton Sea Basin, in the lower Colorado River Basin, and in San Diego County;
  • The water transfer must not result in the significant reduction of inflows to the Salton Sea, must not degrade the air quality in the region surrounding the Salton Sea, must not result in significant adverse socioeconomic impacts, and must not undermine efforts or preclude the opportunity to eventually restore the Salton Sea; and finally,
  • The appropriate parties and agencies must fully mitigate negative impacts to the bird and fishery resources of the Salton Sea, must address growth-inducing impacts in San Diego County by avoiding or mitigating negative impacts to its natural environment that may result from these transfers, and must commit to basing all future regional planning on the principles of sustainability.
CONCERNED SCIENTISTS AND ENVIRONMENTALISTS
OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Don Adams

Colin Brauner, Ph.D.

Paul M. Detwiler

San Diego Field Ornithologists

San Diego State University

Institute for Coral Reef Studies

Allison Alberts, Ph.D.

Michael Breindl, Ph.D.

Deborah M. Dexter, Ph.D.

Zoological Society of San Diego

San Diego State University

San Diego State University

Janet Anderson

Kevin J. Burns, Ph.D.

Edward Di Bella

Desert Protective Council

San Diego State University

San Diego State University

Todd Anderson, Ph.D.

Cindy Burrascano

Jay Diffendorfer, Ph.D.

San Diego State University

California Native Plant Society

San Diego State University

Camille Armstrong

Fred Cagle

Alan Dixson, Ph.D.

California Wild Heritage Campaign

San Diego Audubon Society

Zoological Society of San Diego

Gustaf Arrhenius, Ph.D.

Todd Cardiff

LeRoy M. Dorman, Ph.D.

Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Surfrider Foundation - San Diego Chapter

Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Lynne Baker

Ted J. Case, Ph.D.

Kevin M. Doyle

Endangered Habitats League

University of California San Diego

National Wildlife Federation

Catherine Baldridge, Ph.D.

Pat Castillo

Michael Dowler, Ph.D.

San Diego State University

Scripps Institute of Oceanography

San Diego State University

Stephen Barlow, Ph.D.

Howard H. Chang, Ph.D.

Hugh I. Ellis, Ph.D.

San Diego State University

San Diego State University

University of San Diego

Kenneth J. Bart, Ph.D.

Mary H. Clarke

Nick Ervin

San Diego State University

Friends of Hedionda Creek

Desert Protective Council

Douglas H. Bartlett, Ph.D.

James L. Coatsworth, Ph. D.

D. John Faulkner, Ph.D.

Scripps Institute of Oceanography

University of California San Diego

Scripps Institute Oceanography

Ellen Bauder, Ph.D.

Marie F. Coe

Meryl Faulkner

San Diego State University

San Diego State University

Project Wildlife

Michael Beck

Jan Cortez

Anne S. Fege, Ph.D.

The League of Conservation Voters

American Lung Association of

Cleveland National Forest

San Diego

San Diego and Imperial Counties

Richard F. Ford, Ph.D.

Kathryn Beeley

Jeffrey Crooks, Ph.D.

San Diego State University

San Diego Audubon Society

Tijuana River National Estuarine

Research Reserve

Teruko Foster

Annalisa Berta, Ph.D.

San Diego Audubon Society

San Diego State University

Joan Dainer

San Diego State University

Philip S. Gallo Jr., Ph.D.

Kathe Bertine, Ph.D.

San Diego State University

San Diego State University

Ted Daub, Ph.D.

San Diego State University

Bonnie Gendron

David Bittner

Backcountry Coalition

Wildlife Research Institute

Roger Davis, Ph.D.

San Diego State University

Richard M. Gersberg, Ph.D.

Rick Bizzoco, Ph.D.

San Diego State University

San Diego State University

Paul K. Dayton, Ph.D.

Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Chris Glembotski, Ph.D.

San Diego State University

Michael Golden

Grossmont College

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Marco A. Gonzalez, Esq.

Charles W. Jerde

Lee McClenaghan, Ph.D.

Surfrider Foundation - San Diego Chapter

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego State University

Richard Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Albert W. Johnson, Ph.D.

Duncan McFetridge

University of San Diego

San Diego State University

Save Our Forests & Ranchlands

Jeffrey B. Graham, Ph.D.

Kenneth Johnson, Ph.D.

Kathleen McGuire, Ph.D.

Scripps Institute of Oceanography

San Diego State University

San Diego State University

Mirat D. Gurol, Ph.D.

Kevin Johnson, Esq.

Karen Messer, Ph.D.

San Diego State University

Planning and Conservation League

Buena Vista Audubon Society

William E. Haas

Craig Jones

Suzanne M. Michel , Ph.D.

Varanus Biological Consulting

DDOT Planning

Southern & Baja California

Watershed Alliance

Thomas Hanscom

Michael W. Klein, Sr.

Zoological Society of San Diego

San Diego Audubon Society

Virginia Moran

Palomar College

Jerry C. Harmon

Neil Krekorian, Ph.D.

Past Mayor, City of Escondido

San Diego State University

Tom Mullaney

Friends of San Diego

Wayne Harmon

Aurie Kryzuda

Grossmont College

Republicans for Environmental Protection

Diane Nygaard

Preserve Calavera

Alan Harper

Boris Kuperman, Ph.D.

Terra Peninsular, AC

San Diego State University

Bob R. O'Brien, Ph.D.

San Diego State University

Phillip A. Hastings, Ph.D.

Rick Landavazo

Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Friends of Hellhole Canyon Open Space Preserve

Jonathan J. Olson

San Diego Audubon Society

Brian Hentschel, Ph.D.

Michael Leboffe, D.A.

San Diego State University

San Diego City College

Jeff Opdycke

Zoological Society of San Diego

Robert Hessler, Ph.D.

Lisa A. Levin, Ph.D.

Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Ed Parnell, Ph.D.

Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Mel Hinton

Gerald Lieberman, Ph.D.

San Diego Audubon Society

State Education & Environment Roundtable

Hal Pashler, Ph.D.

University of California San Diego

David Hogan

Jeffrey L. Lincer, Ph.D.

Center for Biological Diversity

Wildlife Research Institute

Kristeen Penrod

South Coast Wildlands Project

Larry Hogue

Peter Lind

Sierra Club - San Diego Chapter

Sierra Club - San Diego Chapter

James A. Peugh

San Diego Audubon Society

Osmund Holm-Hansen, Ph.D.

David A. Lipson, Ph.D.

Scripps Institute of Oceanography

San Diego State University

Harry Plymale, Ph.D.

San Diego State University

Kevin Hovel, Ph.D.

Edgar L. Mangelsen

San Diego State University

Naturalism Association Inc.

Julie Pokrandt

La Jolla Friends of the Seals

James Hudnall, Ph.D.

Larry Mangelsen

La Jolla Friends of the Seals

San Diegans for the Salton Sea

Robert S. Pozos, Ph.D.

San Diego State University

Stuart H. Hurlbert, Ph.D.

Victoria Matey, Ph.D.

San Diego State University

San Diego State University

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Philip R. Pryde, Ph.D.

Geoffrey Smith

Robyn J. Waayers

Republicans for Environmental Protection

Sierra Club - San Diego Chapter

Southwestern Community College

Helene Radzik

Daniel Sourbeer

James Watts

Iron Mountain Conservancy

Palomar College

San Diego State University

Bruce Reznik, Esq.

Mark J. Spalding, J.D.

Kenneth Weaver

San Diego BayKeeper

University of California San Diego

Palomar Audubon Society

Diana Gauss Richardson

Jerre Stallcup

Terry Weiner

San Diego State University

Conservation Biology Institute

Desert Protective Council

Jim Ricker

Brandon Swan

Michael D. White, Ph.D.

Desert Protective Council

San Diego State University

Conservation Biology Institute

Eleanora I. Robbins, Ph.D.

Brian D. Swanson

Myra Wilensky

San Diego State University

Friends of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

National Wildlife Federation

Stephen B.W. Roeder, Ph.D.

Mary Ann Tiffany

Kathy S. Williams, Ph.D.

San Diego State University

San Diego State University

San Diego State University

Forest L. Rohwer, Ph.D.

Bill Toone

Christopher J. Wills, Ph.D.

San Diego State University

Zoological Society of San Diego

University of California San Diego

Allison Rolfe

Constantine Tsoukas, Ph.D.

Dawn Wilson

San Diego Audubon Society

San Diego State University

Project Wildlife

Dennis Saccuzzo, Ph.D, J.D.

Philip Unitt

Bruce Wingerd

San Diego State University

San Diego Natural History Museum

San Diego State University

Lori SaldaƱa

Jan van Dierendonck

Mala Wingerd

Border Environment Cooperation Commission

Ramona Grasslands Project

San Diego State University

Thomas R. Scott, Ph.D.

L. "Dutch" van Dierendonck

David S. Woodruff, Ph.D.

San Diego State University

Ramona Community Planning Group

University of California San Diego

Sedra Shapiro

Rick Van Schoik

David K. Younkman

SDSU Field Station Programs

San Diego State University

National Wildlife Federation

Dan Silver

J. R. Thorngren, Ph.D.

James O. Zimmer

Endangered Habitats League

San Diego State University

San Diego Field Ornithologists

Marie Simovich, Ph.D.

Ingrid Vigeant

Paul Zucker

University of San Diego

San Diegans for the Salton Sea

San Diego Audubon Society

Michael G. Simpson, Ph.D.

George Vourlitis, Ph.D.

San Diego State University

California State University San Marcos

Patrick Skahan

Gary M. Waayers

Students for Environmental Awareness

Southwestern Community College

& Protection, Ramona High School

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